Building Support for Recovery into an Academic Curriculum: Student Reflections on the Value of Staff Run Seminars

  • Ann M. Casiraghi
  • Miriam Mulsow
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


Collegiate recovery programs, such as the one administered by the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) at Texas Tech University (TTU), are expected to provide recovering students with support for both recovery and academic success. In addition to the support provided by a community of fellow recovering students, community members receive resources from specific program services that are delivered primarily by CSAR administration and staff. This chapter presents a program evaluation of one of the major program components of the CSAR program: The Seminar for Recovering Students (Seminar). The goal of this evaluation was to provide information about how students were experiencing Seminar and the value they perceived they were drawing from it. As the Collegiate Recovery Community had grown dramatically, from approximately 25 to over 80 students, under the direction of Dr. Kitty Harris, the CSAR administration believed it was particularly important to determine whether existing program components, such as Seminar, which were designed at time before the expansion of the CRC, were meeting the needs of current community members. This chapter reviews the findings from this evaluation and provides a measure of social support for recovery in the collegiate context piloted during this project modifiable for use in similar recovery maintenance programs.


Social Support Informational Support Instrumental Support Program Component Recovery Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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