One of our main goals is to offer leadership in the collegiate recovery field setting an example of providing excellent support for students in recovery and helping others establish Collegiate Recovery Programs of their own. In recognition of these efforts, in 2011, we were honored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the model for collegiate recovery programming. We understand the honor and responsibility associated with this distinction.
We have a long history of helping others establish collegiate recovery programming. The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, now named the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, received a federal earmark grant in 2004 through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (a division of SAMSHA) and the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the federal earmark was to develop a curriculum with step-by-step guidelines and information to assist other universities in establishing collegiate recovery programs of their own.
Through the generous donation of Barbara and Mickey McKenzie, support for replicating our model continued through two different efforts. The McKenzie Lectureship Series funded lectures/conferences that for several years focused on providing support and a forum for collegiate recovery professionals and programs in various stages of development. Today, the McKenzie Lectureship Series funds educational opportunities designed to teach professionals, students and the community about the hope that comes through addiction recovery.
In addition to the McKenzie Lectureship Series, the McKenzie Replication Project allowed the continued development and dissemination of our Collegiate Recovery Community program model to many other universities across the United States. We are proud to have hosted so many professionals from such a diverse group of universities across the nation. We are also proud to be part of a field that is exploding and to have offered meaningful support to our fellow colleagues in creating more and more collegiate recovery programs.
For those interested, our Collegiate Recovery Curriculum is electronically available to all interested parties and can be accessed below. The curriculum is written to incorporate both two-year colleges and four-year universities and can be implemented in a variety of different areas on campus (e.g., academic programs, student services, student health/wellness, etc.). Hard copies of the curriculum are also available.
Please contact George Comiskey at George.firstname.lastname@example.org or at (806)742-2891 if you are interested in the curriculum or receiving information and support in starting a collegiate recovery program. You may also contact the Association of Recovery in Higher Education at http://collegiaterecovery.org/ .