Characteristics of students participating in collegiate recovery programs: A national survey Article

Laudet, AB, Harris, K, Kimball, T et al. (2015). Characteristics of students participating in collegiate recovery programs: A national survey . 51 38-46. 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.11.004

cited authors

  • Laudet, AB; Harris, K; Kimball, T; Winters, KC; Moberg, DP

fiu authors

abstract

  • Relapse rates are high among individuals with substance use disorders (SUD), and for young people pursuing a college education, the high rates of substance use on campus can jeopardize recovery. Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) are an innovative campus-based model of recovery support that is gaining popularity but remains under-investigated. This study reports on the first nationwide survey of CRP-enrolled students (N = 486 from 29 different CRPs). Using an online survey, we collected information on background, SUD and recovery history, and current functioning. Most students (43% females, mean age = 26) had used multiple substances, had high levels of SUD severity, high rates of treatment and 12-step participation. Fully 40% smoke. Many reported criminal justice involvement and periods of homelessness. Notably, many reported being in recovery from, and currently engaging in multiple behavioral addictions-e.g., eating disorders, and sex and love addiction. Findings highlight the high rates of co-occurring addictions in this under-examined population and underline the need for treatment, recovery support programs and college health services to provide integrated support for mental health and behavioral addictions to SUD-affected young people.

publication date

  • April 1, 2015

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 38

end page

  • 46

volume

  • 51