University of Vermont a Haven for Student Recovery
The University of Vermont is home to approximately 10,000 undergraduates, 1,400 graduate students, and 446 medical students. Located in Burlington, Vermont, UVM’s setting in a valley on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, inspires visitors and residents. In 2010 the University of Vermont’s Collegiate Recovery Community was founded to address the unique needs of students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. We believe that a Collegiate Recovery Community’s job is to provide:
- A supportive environment/community within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behaviors;
- Educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other;
- Accountability for recovering students that comes from self, peers, and higher education staff;
- A normative college experience for individuals in recovery apart from the culture of substance abuse that is present on today’s campuses
The CRC offers programs and safe space four days a week in the Allen House. We have an art class, a weekly lunch, a one credit class, drop-in hours, an active private Facebook Group, optional recovery-based housing, and available recovery based counseling groups and individual sessions.
The CRC has a Director and counseling staff available for CRC members, but the CRC students are the most valued members of the team. Each CRC member is asked to be supportive of the ideals of the community and each member’s commitment to sobriety.