From Recovery High School to Collegiate Recovery: Cameron’s Story

My GPA was 2.75 before I went to the recovery school and it was a 4.0 by the time I graduated. In my addiction it never entered my mind to go to college, but now I was looking at my choice of three universities in Texas. I chose the one that had a recovery program. Even though I was scared about going away to college, just knowing there was a supportive recovery environment already in place really helped. There was this guy, Todd, a social worker I met with every week. It really helped me to have someone to talk to and it eased my transition into college. I just dove in and got a sponsor right away. I attended weekly recovery meetings and met people to hang out with after meetings. There is an incredible amount of fellowship with other students who are working on their recovery.

The whole point is that if you can’t admit you have a problem, nothing is going to happen. You have to ask for help, you have to want it and you can’t be afraid of judgment. And for those students out there that may be afraid of the social stigma related to joining a collegiate recovery program, I say do it. Internally there is no judgment. There’s no judgment to be afraid of. If students in recovery don’t take advantage of the recovery programs available they will go away – use it or lose it.

I want people to know that adolescent recovery is an extremely neglected piece of the recovery movement. Most cities don’t have recovery high schools. Most colleges don’t have collegiate recovery programs and they should because there is a real need. People need to know that there are tangible results in offering educational recovery supports. People need to see the benefits and they need to hear the success stories.