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 is an anonymous group. Members share the common goals to develop long-term sobriety and not use alcohol or other drugs. BU students who are in, or considering recovery, can complete this form or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with the CRP and learn more. All communications are private.
Recovery & COVID-19
In recovery, connection is important. Being physically apart doesn’t have to mean we’re socially distant. Many recovery communities are offering virtual meetings and resources to help facilitate connection during COVID-19, including the BU Collegiate Recovery Program.
The BU Collegiate Recovery Program continues to connect with BU students who are in, or considering, recovery. If you would like to connect with the BU CRP, please complete the connect with the CRP form, or email email@example.com. Virtual CRP recovery community meetings are available to members.
The recovery community has really come together at this time. Below are just some of the many virtual resources available to folks in recovery. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about connecting into recovery resources, including private social media pages for folks in recovery.
* Because of the risk of “Zoom-bombing” during virtual recovery meetings, many meetings have started to require a password to enter. Please out to email@example.com with questions about virtual meeting information and supports.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) online meetings directory and chat forums and Boston-area online meetings and updates
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) online meetings directory
- SMART Recovery meetings and chat rooms
- Refuge Recovery meetings
- All-recovery meetings for college students and alums of collegiate recovery are facilitated by Greater Boston Collegiate Recovery Mondays at 7:00 pm, Wednesdays at 1:30 pm, and Fridays at 3:00 pm EST
- All-recovery meetings are facilitated every day by WEconnect and UnityRecovery
Virtual Recovery Communities
Connect with the CRP
If you’re a BU student in recovery, or considering recovery, connect with the CRP!
Ask a CRP Member
What did entering recovery look like for you?
“I didn’t know what recovery or life without alcohol was going to look like. I just knew that things were getting out of control, and I had run out of options. Everything looked okay on the outside, but I never felt emptier.
“It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t simple. I made attempts at abstinence over the years but it never stuck. Sometimes I only lasted two weeks. Then, I finally entered recovery in June 2016, which for me means I ceased using any alcohol or drugs. It meant actively trying to live healthier, to give more to myself and others, to find stability in myself as well. Collegiate recovery played a pivotal role in taking the big leap. Because I had other folks to relate to, and share validation and talk with. For the first two years I lived in sober housing and that really helped.”
“When I got to college, I realized I was a bit different — most people my age were having their first real experiences with alcohol and drugs, but I was already grappling with an addiction that had started years before. My peers drank for fun, but I drank because I needed to. Entering recovery as a freshman, I was resigned to believing I would live out the rest of my college years in boredom, away from anything exciting. But I’ve found the exact opposite. Being in recovery has been such a joy.”
What is one thing that has surprised you about recovery?
“I’ve been surprised by how full and fun and vibrant my life has been in recovery. Before I got sober, I could barely pull myself out of bed. I was me, but I wasn’t the true or best version of myself. In recovery, I’ve been able to do what I love, show up for the people in my life, and just be a functioning human.”
“There’s this idea that once someone gets sober, they’re bound by their past. In my experience, recovery has been the exact opposite. It’s extremely liberating and opens up so many doors to a better, more joyous way of living.”
What does the BU Collegiate Recovery Program mean to you?
“The CRP is a part of my recovery support system. It provides me comfort knowing there are other folks out there like me, navigating the little daily stresses of school or work while also managing recovery. Also they are fun and hilarious. I enjoy our outings and the times we meet up.”
“Just knowing that CRP exists has given me so much peace of mind. Knowing that there is a support network I can use and that there are people who I can relate to around campus makes me feel less ashamed and more empowered.”
“The CRP has been a wonderful part of my BU experience. It has provided an opportunity for me to connect with other BU students from all different schools as well as an opportunity to be of service to BU students who are new to sobriety.”
“The CRP is extremely grounding for me. It’s a chance at togetherness that students in recovery might not otherwise have. Connection and community have been the cornerstones of my recovery, and the CRP begins to offer it to everyone who wants it at BU — from first year to graduate students, to STEM and film majors. As it is, it’s easy to be socially pigeonholed in college, but the CRP allows us to meet people from all around campus who also happen to be in recovery.”
Recovery Support Options
The CRP supports the many pathways to recovery. If you have a question about a recovery community or a particular meeting to attend, please contact us and someone from CRP will reach out to you. Learn more about some recovery support options.
Mental Health Support
If you are a BU student who would like to speak with a mental health provider about your substance use, please reach out to schedule an appointment with BU Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569.
Substance-Free Housing at BU
BU has housing options for undergraduate students that are alcohol and drug-free. Students in the Wellness Housing Specialty Community commit to live in a smoke-free and substance-free environment. BU students can apply for Wellness Housing online and contact BU Residence Life at 617-353-4380 for more information.
Allies & Families
Support from allies and family members is important for students who are in recovery, considering recovery, or may be struggling with substance use.
Entering and maintaining recovery can be challenging. Allies can help make recovery more accessible in our community. As an ally or family member you can: take everyday actions to support people in recovery, educate yourself about substance use disorder and recovery, and seek support for yourself if a loved one is affected by substance use.
Everyday Actions to Support People in Recovery
- Use non-stigmatizing and medically accurate language when talking about recovery and substance use. Read about why Words Matter and what language you can use to help challenge the stigma around substance use and recovery
- If someone decides not to drink, support their decision. While some people may be comfortable answering questions about why they don’t drink, others are not. Make sure to listen without judgement when and if they feel ready to share
- Dispose of any prescription medication at a drop-off location near you. Before disposing of prescription medication, please remove all personal information from the packaging
Educate Yourself about Substance Use Disorder and Recovery
- Learn about some of the substance use and recovery resources at BU and in your local community so you can share this information with others
- Learn the signs of alcohol or other substance misuse
- Attend an at overdose prevention training to learn how to respond to an opioid overdose
- Learn more about substance use and how to support someone in recovery