The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)
A Personal Story from the Executive Director
When I began my collegiate journey in the Fall of 2001 as a bright-eyed, first-generation college student, it felt like the world was my oyster. I have so many memories of that day: my grandmother and her loving pride in watching her eldest grandchild be the first to seek a college education, meeting my roommates, and heading off to my first college party. American pop culture has long glorified the party culture in college; selling this idea that “these are the best years of our lives” without regard to consequences or the fact that life hopefully extends long after the time a person spends at a college or university. All I knew about college life at that time was what I saw on the television or in movies. I had no idea that my life would take a sharp and sudden detour within 4 years.
In December 2004 I landed in a medical detox and the following month I returned to school. 21 years old with just a few weeks of sobriety under my belt and little to no support upon my return to campus was a recipe for disaster. I didn’t know how to interact with my peers or how to explain why I didn’t want to go to parties or to the bar. My social skills and social network shrank, and my anxiety skyrocketed. I felt like an alien on another planet, and I certainly did not believe that I would be able to succeed. I dropped out of school after the first two weeks and reentered that same medical detox on February 11, 2005.
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Tools for Empowering Teams
Our Tools for Empowering Teams series was so popular, we're offering the series again! Register for the eight-sessions series to be convened on Wednesdays, beginning February 21 through April 10, 2024
These interactive sessions explore tools your whole team can use to navigate challenges, make informed decisions, and improve organizational processes. While strategic planning provides the vision for where your organization is headed, strategic thinking tools are necessary for responding to unanticipated opportunities and barriers.
We will learn about and practice using empathy maps, tools for values alignment, environmental scans, SWOT/SOAR analysis, decisional balance, and more. In each of the eight sessions we will introduce a tool (or two!), discuss how the tool will benefit your team, and draft a plan for putting the tool into action.
Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative (PRSSMI) from COSSUP
The PRSSMI promotes networking and program-to-program learning among organizations implementing peer recovery support services (PRSS). This program is part of BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP) Training and Technical Assistance Center on Peer Recovery Support Services at Altarum.
Up to 15 mentee programs will be selected and matched with mentor sites experienced in implementing PRSS programs. Mentee sites selected through this application process will receive consultation and support from their assigned mentor, culminating in an in-person visit to their mentor site. The PRSSMI will cover travel fees for up to three (3) team members from each mentee site.
Click here for all details about this peer-to-peer learning initiative, including application forms and submission links.
The Peer Recovery CoE, along with our Steering Committee member, Michael King, are pleased to announce our latest Organizational Stakeholders of the Month! Each month, we will select a few of our stakeholders in order to highlight their incredible work at our monthly stakeholder calls, in the newsletter, and our podcast. Learn more about our featured stakeholders below.
New Life II was birthed out of its parent ministry, New Life I, a recovery home in New Britain, CT. NLII’s directors, Pastors Dana and Evelyn Smith, each spent nearly two years there getting clean, sober, healthy, and healed, more than 20 years ago. After years of sobriety and learning how to live their recovery to the fullest, they opened New Life II in 2016 to help others overcome addiction and receive the freedom they had walked in themselves.
New Life’s ministry was created to serve individuals who were told that addiction and mental health issues are all that their life has to offer them. New Life knows that God can change anyone and everyone just as He changed Dana and Evelyn, who seek to introduce individuals to a different pathway to recovery. New Life II is one of those paths. Congrats to New Life II and Dana Smith for being one of our Stakeholders of the Month!
Ascent Recovery Residence's mission is to provide sustained recovery management in a faith-based environment that encourages a generation of young men to develop the integrity, self-discipline, work ethic and attitude to become productive members of society.
Ascent’s vision is to help change lives of young men so they will have the skills and the heart to meet the needs of their children,
wives, husbands, partners, community, and society. This can be done by giving them tools and the support required to develop honesty, integrity, respect – for self and others – interpersonal and vocational skills needed to create in them a work ethic and a desire to continually strive to improve their lives, and those around them.
Ascent also runs an Recovery Outreach Community Center, learn more about the ROCC by watching this brief video from their Executive Director, Teddy Steen. Many thanks to Paula Donaldson for being representing Ascent as our stokehold of the month.
FOCUS Recovery and Wellness Community is recovery community organization offering free support and resources to anyone impacted by mental health, addiction, or trauma issues. Shout out to Brooke Nissen for representing FOCUS as our Stakeholder of the Month.
FOCUS provides a warm, welcoming space for people to learn skills, meet new people, and engage in their recovery. They connect people to other community resources when they are needed, provide education to the community, and organize recovery events. FOCUS can support you and your family on your journey of recovery from mental health problems, addiction, problem gambling or gambling addiction, or trauma issues. Our appreciations goes to Brooke Nissen for representing FOCUS as a Stakeholder of the Month.
Recovery Related News, Events & Resources
Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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