We are excited to announce our campaign to support Collegiate Recovery Week, a national event dedicated to celebrating and supporting college students in recovery from substance use disorders. Addiction is a serious problem on college campuses across the country, and students in recovery often face unique challenges as they pursue their education and maintain their sobriety.
Nevada's Recovery and Prevention (NRAP) is a collegiate recovery program (CRP) within the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno that provides an environment of support and peer connections for students recovering from substance use and behavioral disorders and students living substance-free. Through our on-campus lounge, students can drop in between classes to study, attend meetings and make new friends. To support the University’s sober students, NRAP offers recovery and wellness meetings, academic advising and opportunities for community service. Outside of lounge hours, NRAP facilitates sober activities to assist in enriching the lives of its members and equip them with skills to continue expanding personally and professionally.
"NRAP has provided me with a place to belong to at UNR," says James, a student in NRAP. "As a non-traditional student, I spent my first years of college going to class and leaving directly after without making any meaningful connections. NRAP has given me a place to relax after class and socialize with other students without pressures of partying. It’s incredibly refreshing to make friends who truly care for who you are as a person and want to see you succeed. The positive nature of this place is very infectious and every meeting is good for my soul."
Research indicates that a peer support system that promotes bonding is one of the most important protective factors for maintaining recovery (SAMHSA, 2017). Evidence shows that individuals struggling with substance use disorders who receive services from peer mentors experience a myriad of positive outcomes, which include reduction in substance use and relapse, decreased criminal justice involvement, improved access to social supports and increased life satisfaction (SAMHSA, 2017).
By supporting Collegiate Recovery Week, you are helping to create a brighter future for University students in recovery. Your donation will go directly toward supporting our efforts to provide education, resources and support to these students, as well as to the communities that support them. All week we will be advocating, honoring and celebrating collegiate recovery voices. Please consider making a gift today to help NRAP enhance and expand resources available to students while transforming the collegiate culture surrounding substance use and addictive behaviors.
Help us raise awareness in Nevada and on social media!
#WearPurple on April 15 to support Collegiate Recovery! Showcase your photos and selfies on social media using the hashtags #WearPurple, #CollegiateRecoveryWeek and #CollegiateRecoveryDay.