University of Kentucky's Collegiate Recovery Community
Organized by: Kelsey Hinken
Collegiate Recovery Communities (CRC) have existed in the United States for about 30 years, and with a growing emphasis on addiction treatment in recent years, more and more colleges have been adding them to their campuses. Kentucky currently does not have any established CRCs, until now. The University of Kentucky has created a Collegiate Recovery Community to support students at UK, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Transylvania University who are living in recovery from substance use disorders and process addictions. College in general tends to be an abstinence-hostile environment. The objective of the CRC at UK is to empower students to achieve their fullest academic, personal, and professional potential. The CRC will provide social support for students in recovery so that they don't feel isolated on campus. They should not have to feel ashamed about their recovery, but rather they should be able to celebrate their recovery! That's the point of the CRC. Our current system sends individuals to treatment, usually for a month, and there is not a lot of follow-up care once they are released. The CRC is there as a positive outlet for students in recovery so they don't have to choose between an education and maintaining their recovery.