Collegiate Recovery Community

Alcohol. Marijuana. Adderall. Vapes. It is no secret that substance use on college campus is a real, if not growing issue. Students may be tempted to use to deal with stress, fit in with friends, or may have a family history of substance abuse or addiction. Although some students experiment or use substances recreationally without issue, other students may develop significant or long-term consequences as a result of their use. In addition, the risk of serious consequences due to recreational use of substances like marijuana or stimulants has increased due to the addition of fentanyl. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers substance use services including assessment, individual counseling, and referrals. Contact our office to  schedule a consult or a substance use assessment. 

Additionally, the Kent State Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) offers peer support, fellowship, and sober activities for students in recovery, students seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs, and students impacted by family members’ substance use disorders.  Kent State University is dedicated to supporting students with substance use concerns, and the CRC is part of a national effort to assist students in or exploring recovery, as well as those who have a loved one afflicted with addiction. 

The CRC promotes academic performance, provides a sense of community, helps to prevent relapse, offers a support group called Empowering Students in Recovery which is offered in-person on Fridays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the CRC Lounge (Counseling and Psychological Services, Van Campen Hall), and sponsors a number of sober activities and wellness events throughout the semester. The CRC provides a safe, non-judgmental environment that allows students to develop a healthy lifestyle while improving confidence in social and academic environments. 

For more information, contact our Substance Use Specialist, Phil Cranmer, at  And to stay up to date on the latest news and information about meetings and events, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

  • There are approximately 250,000 college students in the United States who have received treatment for alcohol or other drug use (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, 2014).  At the same time, 37 percent of college students engage in binge drinking and nearly 1 million U.S. college students meet standard clinical criteria for current alcohol or other drug use disorder (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, 2014).
  • Students involved in Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) collectively have a higher average GPA than the general student body (Laudet, et al., 2013; Ashford, et al, 2018).
  • CRPs reduce the recovery and relapse cycle by 15 years while producing educated citizens (Laudet, et. al., 2014).
  • Students in recovery are likely to have a positive influence on reducing their peers' substance use because their personal experiences represent authentic "cautionary tales" that can "dispel the allure of abusive drinking" (Misch, 2009).
  • Data collected from collegiate recovery programs nationwide show that students in CRPs have almost a 90% graduation rate compared with a 61% institution-wide graduation rate (Laudet, 2013).
  • Skipping classes, declining academic performance, dropping out, or recent disciplinary action.
  • Poor personal appearance.
  • Avoiding friends or family.
  • No longer participating in activities they once enjoyed.
  • Lying about drug or alcohol use.
  • Spending a lot of time using and recovering from the effects of drugs or drinking.
  • Needing to drink or use drugs to relax or have a good time.
  • Mood changes, such as being depressed, irritable, or angry.
  • Physical or mental problems (e.g., bloodshot eyes, poor concentration, memory issues).
  • Withdrawal symptoms (e.g., headaches, cravings, depression).
  • Continuing substance use despite the negative consequences.
  • Legal troubles (e.g., arrests, accidents, DUIs).
  • Using substances in hazardous situations (e.g., while driving, operating machinery).
  • Risky behavior while high or drunk, like starting fights or having unprotected sex.

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