How Membership in the Collegiate Recovery Community Maximizes Social Support for Abstinence and Reduces Risk of Relapse
According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, a 2005 survey revealed that 68% of full-time American college students (vs. 59% of nonstudents) reported alcohol use within the past month, with 83% having drunk within the past year. For illicit drugs, 37% of students reported use within the past year (CASA, 2007). In this risky environment, with both substances and users widely available, it is especially important for students who wish to recover from drug and alcohol problems to have a safe place in which to do so. The principal mission of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) at Texas Tech University (TTU) is to provide such an environment for young men and women who wish to maintain abstinence and build a strong recovery while pursuing a college education (CSAR, 2008).
KeywordsSocial Support Social Network Network Member Relapse Risk Alcoholic Anonymous
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