Collegiate Recovery – Beyond the Dorm

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Collegiate Recovery – Beyond the Dorm

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Collegiate Recovery – Beyond the Dorm   

Episode Snapshot:  Special episode featuring SAMHSA’s Road to Recovery 2017 Television and Radio Series: Collegiate Recovery – Beyond the Dorm where we take a look at the main issues affecting our colleges and universities when it comes to mental and/or substance use disorders.


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Show Description: 

At institutions of higher learning across the nation, many individuals are dedicated to generating a new wave of campus-driven recovery supports for students. They are part of a movement that has been growing since the late 1970s and continues to respond to the significant behavioral health conditions that can arise before or during the college years. For example, half of all lifetime mental disorders start by the mid-teen years. Only one third of young adults aged 18 to 25 with any mental illness received mental health services in 2014. Additionally, binge drinking on college campuses is common, with approximately 40 percent of students engaging in this behavior during the past month in 2013. Panelists will discuss collegiate recovery in diverse higher education settings and ways to support students who are initiating or maintaining recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. The show will also explore housing and other types of supports amongst institutions of higher learning nationwide, including specific policies and programs, and organizational efforts to expand this model across the country.

Panelists:  Anthony Alvarado, Cofounder of Rise Together; Vivian Barnette, Ph.D., ABPP, Licensed Psychologist and Executive Director of Counseling Services at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Daniel Fred, Director of Recovery Programs and National Outreach at Transforming Youth Recovery; and Sarah Nerad, Program Manager at Collegiate Recovery Community and Director of Recovery, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery.

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Key Questions:

  • What are the main issues affecting our colleges and universities when it comes to mental and/or substance use disorders? How do mental and/or substance use disorders affect students in the academic setting?
  • Specifically, what behavioral health conditions (e.g., binge drinking, mental illness, and substance use) are particularly relevant for young people during the transition from high school to college? What do students think about what should be done related to these problems?
  • What are collegiate recovery programs and how do they begin to address the challenges mentioned? How do recovery-oriented approaches benefit transition-aged young people in recovery from mental or substance use disorders?
  • What role do recovery/sober dorm and alternative living communities play in supporting students? What benefits do these living communities offer students in recovery? What types of policies do institutions of higher learning need to adopt to address issues related to mental and/or substance use disorders on their campuses? What are some examples of effective support systems for students in recovery from co-occurring mental and substance use disorders? Are there collegiate recovery models specifically tailored to the special considerations of racially and ethnically diverse students?
  • Are there trainings and peer models for recovery from mental or substance use disorders on college campuses? Who should be the catalyst for starting on-campus recovery support programs and sober dorms?
  • What role can family members play in supporting recovery during the college years? How can family members achieve a balance between their college students’ growing independence and support for recovery?
  • What should professors and other staff members understand—and how can they support and empower—students in recovery from mental or substance use disorders? What are some of the indicators that might suggest that young people in recovery might be struggling on their pathway to recovery and what can a concerned individual do to help them? What steps can students take to maintain recovery and overall wellness, especially during stressful times?
  • What resources are available to help professors and other staff members learn about and support recovery among college students? What are some resources to help family members as they support the recovery of college students, including identifying institutions of higher education with recovery programs? What resources are available to college students and other young people who are currently recovering from a mental and/or substance use disorder?


Road to Recovery Television and Radio Series

The Road to Recovery series is hosted by Associate Director for Consumer Affairs Ivette Torres at the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The series airs eight episodes featuring panels of nationwide experts from the field of recovery. New episodes premiere the first Wednesday of each month (March through September, with a wrap-up show in November).

Do you know somebody that may need help from addiction or mental illness?

We want to help those who are suffering from addiction and mental health disorders by providing you some of the best know resources mentioned in this week’s episode and listed below.

If this is an emergency or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911).

Episode Notes:

  • Collegiate Recovery: Back to the Dorm
  • Talked about Rise Together’s school speaking tour, their school programs, and the student-led curriculum they are using.
  • Discussed how they are partnering up with Party.0 to help 1,000’s share their story of recovery. Check out our website and learn how you can share your story through music, art, poetry, video, and more!

Example of a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC):

The CRC provides:

  • A safe place to meet others in recovery
  • A place for personal and academic growth
  • A place where you can receive support
  • A place to have fun
  • A place where you can support others in recovery

Expectations of CRC students:

  • Attend 1̇ campus recovery meeting every week
  • Commitment to the CRC program
  • Sign up for monthly advisement
  • Attend Celebration of Recovery
  • Commitment to service
  • Campus Based 12 Step Meetings [of various mutual support groups]

Actual Air Date for TV and Radio Series; Collegiate Recovery-Back to the Dorm:  April 5, 2017
Event will be archived online at (RIGHT HERE)



Also, check out all the resources mentioned by visiting Rise Together’s “FIND HELP” section at


This week we encourage you to get involved in your community or by supporting us online. In order to make long lasting change, people need to start dedicating their time and resources to the cause’s they most care about.


Episode Call to Action:

SHARE YOUR STORY with us and speak about the issues you most care about. When #WeAllRiseTogether we make a huge difference throughout the world!

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About Anthony Alvarado

Rise & Grind Recovery Radio is brought to you by Anthony Alvarado; who is a person in long-term recovery and recognized as a national speaker, writer, and one of the leading voices in the recovery movement.

Since 2013, he has traveled over 100,000 miles with the Rise Together team; where they have spoken to over 120,000 young people on mental health and addiction. Today they are continuing to encourage thousands of students to talk about the issues they care most about.

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