Student Life has made it a priority to acknowledge and support students who identify as being in recovery from substance addiction.
College campuses are regularly characterized as environments in which substance use is considered the norm and a rite of passage. We recognize that students in recovery may be coping with the problems that are associated with their addiction (cravings and/or peer pressure), but also may need recognition and support in areas such as career counseling, social activities, family matters and legal issues. The college environment may seem hostile toward someone’s recovery efforts, and the university is dedicated to providing support to assist students in maintaining their sobriety and fulfilling their academic pursuits. (Bell, et al., 2009)
Recovery is a voluntary commitment to a sober lifestyle. A student in recovery is a person with a history of substance misuse (which has resulted in significant consequences in at least one life area) who is now actively engaging in activities that promote sobriety and overall wellness. Recovery begins with the individual’s first voluntary day of sobriety and continues throughout a lifetime. (Xie, McHugo, Fox & Drake, 2005)
Although research is limited, students in recovery have clearly reported that support services are critical to their academic success. (Bell et al., 2009) From the National College Health Assessment done in March 2016, the University at Buffalo asked students to identify if they were in recovery from substance abuse. Approximately 500 students said yes, and 21 percent stated they felt they could benefit from support on campus.
In fall 2015, Student Life (then University Life and Services) and Academic Affairs assembled a task force of professionals to address the needs of an underrepresented and under-supported population of students: students in recovery from substance abuse. Our objectives are to:
The goal of the task force is to help to build a visible infrastructure of support throughout campus to assist students in recovery achieve their academic goals without compromising their sobriety.
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