Collegiate Recovery Program

The mission of the Boston University Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is to provide a safe and welcoming community where students in recovery from substance use are empowered to advance their academic, personal, and professional potentials.

To fulfill this mission, the BU CRP works toward the following goals:

  • Connect students in recovery to provide a substance-free support network for wellness and long-term recovery
  • Support student achievement across academic, professional, and personal domains
  • Educate students, faculty, and staff about students in recovery

Our vision is to create a collegiate atmosphere, without stigma, where all students in or seeking long-term recovery will receive the support they need to achieve their goals and thrive at Boston University.

The CRP brings students and allies together to participate in fun events, organizational meetings, and ongoing promotion of recovery. Participating in the BU Collegiate Recovery program helps students stay substance-free and feel confident at Boston University.

The group is anonymous. Members share the common goals to develop long-term sobriety and not use alcohol or other drugs. Email recovery@bu.edu to learn more, become a member, or sign up for the Substance-Free-Student Network!

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Substance-Free Student Network

This is a network of students committed to recovery and helping others succeed both in and out of the college environment. Learn how to become part of the network.

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Recovery Support Options

The BU CRP supports the many pathways to recovery. Learn more about some of the programs that can help:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) near BU

These AA meetings are recommended by BU students and located close to BU.

  • Monday – Friday
    1:00pm, BU Marsh Chapel @ 735 Commonwealth Avenue (downstairs in Marsh Room), Boston
    7:30am, Arlington Street Church @ 351 Boylston Street, Boston
  • Monday
    8:00pm, Emmanuel Church @ 15 Newbury Street, Boston
  • Tuesday
    6:45pm (beginners), Presbyterian @ 32 Harvard Street, Brookline
    8:00pm, Presbyterian @ 32 Harvard Street, Brookline
  • Wednesday
    6:30pm, Old South Church @ 645 Boylston Street, Boston
  • Thursday
    8:00pm , United Parish Church @ 210 Harvard Street, Brookline
  • Friday
    5:30pm, Church of the Covenant @ 67 Newbury Street, Boston
  • Saturday
    7:30pm, All Saints @ 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline
    5:00pm, Emmanuel Church @ 15 Newbury Street, Boston
  • Sunday
    9:30am, Berklee College of Music @ 921 Boylston Street, Boston
    7:30pm, Emmanuel Church @ 15 Newbury Street (2nd Floor via ramp), Boston

A list of all AA meetings can be found here.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) near BU

These NA meetings are recommended by BU students and located close to BU.

  • Monday
    8:00pm, @ 22 The Fenway, 2nd floor, Boston
  • Tuesday
    7:30pm, @ 74 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
  • Wednesday
    7:00pm, @ 32 Harvard Street, Watertown
    7:00pm, Mass General @55 Fruit Street, 4th Floor Room 4-810, Boston
  • Thursday
    7:30pm, Harvard Methodist Church @ 155 Mass Ave, side door basement, Cambridge
  • Friday
    7:00pm, St Mary’s @ 5 Linden Place, Brookline
    10:00pm Mission Hill @ 768 Huntington Avenue
  • Saturday
    7:30pm Brookline Police Station @ 350 Washington Street, Community Room
  • Sunday
    7:00pm, MIT Pierce Laboratory Building @ 33 Mass Ave, building #1, Cambridge

A list of all NA meetings can be found here.

Substance-Free Housing at BU

BU has housing options for students that are alcohol and drug-free. Contact Housing online or call 617-353-5136 for more information.

Support for Parents

Hear a parent’s perspective on the role of CRPs in student recovery.

Support For Allies

Al-Anon Meetings

  • Monday through Friday
    12:00pm Boston, Paulist Center Second Floor @ 5 Park Street
  • Sunday
    9:00am & 10:00am Cambridge, Cambridge College @ 1000 Massachusetts Ave – room # on TV monitor in lobby
  • Monday
    6:30pm Boston, Old South Church @ 645 Boylston St
  • Tuesday
    7:00pm Brookline, United Parish Church @ 210 Harvard St at Marion St
  • Wednesday
    7:00pm Boston, Old South Church @ 645 Boylston St

A list of all Al-Anon meetings can be found here.

Recent Press

A New Support Group for Those Recovering from Addiction

Collegiate Recovery Program Shows Students They’re Not Alone

The BU CRP is a proud member of the New England Collegiate Recovery Collaborative

The Boston University Collegiate Recovery Program is generously supported by a grant from Transforming Youth Recovery.