Characteristics of students participating in collegiate recovery programs: A national survey

Alexandre B. Laudet, Kitty Harris, Thomas Kimball, Ken C. Winters, D. Paul Moberg

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Relapse rates are high among individuals with substance use disorders (SUD), and for young people pursuing a college education, the high rates of substance use on campus can jeopardize recovery. Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) are an innovative campus-based model of recovery support that is gaining popularity but remains under-investigated. This study reports on the first nationwide survey of CRP-enrolled students (N = 486 from 29 different CRPs). Using an online survey, we collected information on background, SUD and recovery history, and current functioning. Most students (43% females, mean age = 26) had used multiple substances, had high levels of SUD severity, high rates of treatment and 12-step participation. Fully 40% smoke. Many reported criminal justice involvement and periods of homelessness. Notably, many reported being in recovery from, and currently engaging in multiple behavioral addictions-e.g., eating disorders, and sex and love addiction. Findings highlight the high rates of co-occurring addictions in this under-examined population and underline the need for treatment, recovery support programs and college health services to provide integrated support for mental health and behavioral addictions to SUD-affected young people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-46
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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  • Addiction
  • College students
  • Recovery
  • Recovery support services
  • Substance use disorder


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