The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. ARHE is the central authority on the modeling and tailoring of CRP’s to best integrate them into the institution, and ultimately to best serve students in recovery.
Collegiate Recovery Programs
A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a supportive environment within an institution of higher education that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use disorder or other behavioral addictions. CRPs are built on three critical insights: the need for continuing care of SUDs, the importance of recovery-oriented systems of care, and the value of peer-recovery support services.
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1. CRPs embrace abstinence-based recovery as the standard of our field.
2. CRPs have dedicated physical space for students in recovery to gather and support one another.
3. CRPs have within them a collegiate recovery community (CRC) with students who offer each other peer support.
4. CRPs provide a variety of recovery support programmatic elements to assist students in maintaining and protecting their recovery.
5. CRPs have paid, qualified, trained, ethical, and dedicated professionals who support students in recovery.
6. CRPs are non-profit entities.
7. CRPs are housed within Institutions of Higher Education that confer degrees (e.g., associates, bachelors, masters, and/or doctorate degrees).
8. CRPs often identify and collaborate with on and off campus partners and stakeholders.