Addiction Recovery

Stay the course

You’ve made amazing changes in your life, and you’re on the road to recovery. Maybe what you're looking for now is a group of peers who understand what it’s like to travel that road while in college. The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at IU Indianapolis is your chance to connect with fellow Jags and be supported while you maintain your recovery.

The overall goal of the CRC is a simple one: provide social support and a referral network with access to community resources, regardless of whether you are recovering from substance abuse, behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex, or something else altogether.

Find strength in numbers

We currently provide weekly peer support groups for a variety of recovery needs. There are also general CRC meetings where you can help plan awareness events, social outings, and volunteer opportunities. Regardless of what you are recovering from, there is a support network in place to help you succeed.

If you’re looking for more individualized support, you can work with a recovery coach. This person can motivate you and help you solve problems. They are not a counselor or a sponsor, and they don’t replace a therapist or physician. However, they can be a valuable mentor on your path to recovery. When you work with a recovery coach, you will:

  • Meet for one-on-one recovery coaching sessions
  • Discuss and explore community resources
  • Set goals and overcome obstacles together
  • Benefit from well-being and motivational check-ins to keep you on track

If you feel you would benefit from a therapist or doctor, contact Counseling and Psychological Services or visit the Help Me R.O.A.R. website for community resources. You can also find more information about recovery and recovery support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Recovery group FAQs

If you’re new to the recovery community, you might have a few questions. If, after checking out our FAQs, you still are unsure if the CRC is right for you, contact Health and Wellness Promotion.

CRC meetings are for the collegiate recovery community as a whole, meaning they’re open to allies, friends, recovery advocates, and volunteers as well as those in recovery. They’re great for planning awareness events and networking. Support meetings are topic-specific groups for students in recovery.

Our peer support meetings are intended for individuals who are in recovery for specific issues. However, meetings may be considered “open.” In this case, students might try out the meeting to see if it’s right for them, and others might bring guests with them.

We respect anonymity. As a support group participant, you are not required to sign in or provide identifying information. However, our meetings are considered open, meaning you may encounter a friend or guest who is not in recovery themselves.

No. Our peer support meetings focus on sharing successes, challenges, support, and understanding. We are not affiliated with any national or 12-step programs, nor do we follow a specific curriculum. Many of our participants also attend other types of recovery meetings in addition to our on-campus support groups.

No. However, you may contact the CRC at recovery@iu.edu for help finding an open meeting in the community to meet your requirement.

Support meetings are intended for students who are in recovery. If you are curious about recovery but are not in recovery yourself, contact the CRC at recovery@iu.edu. They can connect you with ways to volunteer or network with other students.

Use your voice

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If you are willing to speak out about your recovery, we offer educational outreach opportunities such as awareness events, campus presentations, and panel discussions. With your help, we can challenge the stigma surrounding addiction recovery. Share your story of addiction recovery by emailing recrecovery@iu.edu. You can also subscribe to our newsletter.