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Student Health and Wellness strives to promote an environment that supports the health and safety of students, on campus and in the community.  Student Health and Wellness provides alcohol and other drug prevention, early intervention, & recovery support services to ensure that substance use is not a barrier to a student’s academic, personal, or professional success. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based services that equip UConn students with the knowledge and skills to achieve life-long wellbeing.   

 

 

Services

Individual Brief Screenings and Support: BASICS & MAPP

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is an evidence-based prevention program.  BASICS provides a supportive environment in which a student meets individually with a trained facilitator to explore their risk of experiencing alcohol-related harms and plan next steps to enhance their wellbeing.

MAPP is an evidence-informed education program. MAPP provides a supportive environment in which a student meets individually with a trained facilitator to explore their risk of experiencing cannabis-related harms and plan next steps to enhance their wellbeing.

Sessions: Both programs include two sessions, scheduled two weeks apart. The first session in an hour and a half. The second session is an hour.

Fees:  

  • Students who self-refer: FREE.
  • Referred as a result of a Student's Code Violation: $25/session, total $50. 
  • Late cancellation/ no show fee: $15

Scheduling:

  1. Visit student health portal
  2. Select Health Promotion under Type of Service
  3. Then select BASICS or MAPP

Questions: Email Colleen.Atkinson@uconn.edu

 

Alcohol & Other Drug Counseling

Alcohol and Other Drug services are designed to offer specialized help to those whose alcohol and other drug use has progressed beyond college experimentation. We help by:

  • Identifying those at risk as early as possible
  • Helping stop the progression of substance-related problems from reaching a point where academic careers, health, relationships, social life, and legal status is jeopardized.

Sessions: Through education, group therapy and brief individual counseling, and collaborating with outside providers for more intensive services, we help students halt the downward spiral and reclaim control of their lives.

Schedule: If you’re interested in our services, please visit How to Get Started.

 

UConn Recovery Community

UConn Recovery Community

The UConn Recovery Community (URC) is UConn’s collegiate recovery program or CRP. A CRP is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide educational opportunities alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. The mission of the UConn Recovery Community is to provide a supportive community where students in recovery, and in hope of recovery, can achieve academic success while participating in a genuine college experience free from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

To connect with the URC: Email urc@uconn.edu.

 

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Meetings, Programs & Trainings

All Recovery Meetings

All Recovery Meetings are available for UConn students. The meetings are a gathering for all who struggle with addiction, are affected by addiction and/or support the recovery lifestyle. An All Recovery meeting is ‘non-denominational' meaning all pathways of recovery are embraced here. A universal recovery topic is chosen and then the group discusses it. It is not affiliated with any “Anonymous” program although you are likely to hear commends associated with 12 step fellowships. Meetings are facilitated by a Recovery Coach and held online and in person.

See the SHaW Events Calendar for the current list of meetings.

Questions: Email urc@uconn.edu

 

Friends of Recovery Meetings

Friends of Recovery meetings are for the entire UConn community – students, staff, faculty, alum, and family members. If someone you care about has an addiction or substance disorder, join with others to share your experience, strength, and hope. Meeting discussion will also leverage cognitive behavioral techniques from the SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Family and Friends materials. Meetings are facilitated by a Recovery Coach and are held online.

See the SHaW Events Calendar for the current list of meetings.

Questions: Email urc@uconn.edu

 

Recovery Ally Training

Open to any student, faculty, or staff, the Recovery Ally Training program exists to expand awareness, sensitivity, and support to any individual on the University of Connecticut campuses in (or seeking) recovery from substance use disorders. Recovery Ally Training is delivered in an interactive two-hour session, facilitated by a member of our team or a trained community member.

Register for an upcoming session in our form below.

Questions: Email sandy.valentine@uconn.edu

Recovery Ally Training Registration Form

Recovery Coaching

Recovery coaches are available for one-on-one support for students with active addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, and other addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches are not therapists. Recovery coaches are trained in the art of recovery coaching and will partner with students on an individual wellness plan. In addition, they will connect students with resources on and off campus to meet those goals.

Sessions: An initial session is held with one of our Health Promotion Managers, followed by bi-weekly or monthly sessions with a trained recovery coach.

Fees:  

  • There is no fee for recovery coaching.

Scheduling or Questions: Email sandy.valentine@uconn.edu

Recovery Housing

The UConn Recovery Community has a beautiful, historic home on campus for members to live together in a supportive, sober community while participating in the URC programs. Recovery Housing is on a first come first serve basis. Students in recovery, with three (3) months abstinence from substances may be eligible for recovery housing.

Eligible students in recovery may apply by doing the following:

  • Apply for URC Membership – Contact Sandy Valentine, at sandy.valentine@uconn.edu.
  • Indicate they are interested in recovery housing on their Residential Life Housing Application.

Recovery Yoga Sessions

Recovery Yoga is available for all UConn students. These sessions are for those who struggle with addiction, are affected by a loved one's addiction, and/or support the recovery lifestyle. It combines trusted recovery meeting formats combined with pranayama breathing and vinyasa yoga. Meetings are facilitated by a Recovery Coach and held online and in person.

See the SHaW Events Calendar for the current list of meetings.

Questions: Email urc@uconn.edu

Scholarships & Donations

John Carter Whitney Scholarship for Students in Recovery

The John Carter Whitney Scholarship for Students in Recovery was established in 2015 for students in recovery at the University of Connecticut who participate in the UConn Recovery Community. Donations can be made via the UConn Foundation.

URC Giving Fund

URC Giving Fund was established by a past recipient of the John Carter Whitney Scholarship for Students in Recovery. Funds are used to support the education, prevention, and intervention activities of the URC. Donations can be made via the UConn Foundation.

 

Alcohol & Other Drug Education

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As part of the university’s comprehensive prevention efforts for students, UConn requires all incoming students to complete AlcoholEdu for College. AlcoholEdu is an online, evidence-based alcohol prevention program that empowers college students to make well-informed and safe decisions about alcohol.   

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Welcome to UConn, and congratulations on becoming part of the UConn family!

The faculty and staff at UConn share your excitement and wish you success as you reach your personal and academic goals. At UConn, we take pride in creating a positive experience for students both in and out of the classroom.

UConn students have many opportunities for growth and learning; however, there will be challenges as well. We recognize that students may have difficult decisions in balancing academics with social life. A topic of concern faced by universities across the country, including top academic institutions like ours, is substance use. Alcohol and other drug use have the potential to influence a student’s overall health, safety, and academic success.

As part of our comprehensive prevention efforts for students, UConn mandates all incoming students to complete AlcoholEdu® for College. AlcoholEdu is an online, non-opinionated alcohol prevention program that empowers college students to make well-informed and safe decisions about alcohol. Instructions to complete the course will be sent on August 10th when AlcoholEdu opens.

Completion of AlcoholEdu at your previous university does not exempt you from completing the program.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: AlcoholEdu will open on August 9th for all incoming students. Students need to complete Part 1 by August 25th and complete Part 2 by October 27th

Even if a student abstains from alcohol, it can influence their life and the lives of family and friends. AlcoholEdu is designed to help students’ navigate the drinking behaviors of others, and to learn strategies to protect themselves as well as the rest of the UConn pack.

UConn is committed to the health, happiness, and success of all of our students. Thank you in advance for taking this course and for taking a first step to learn how to help another Husky.

Sincerely,

Student Health and Wellness

 

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  • To log in to AlcoholEdu you will need your NetID and password. 

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AlcoholEdu for Parents

Instructions for Parents and Guardians

AlcoholEdu® for Parents Directions

The content is available at AlcoholEdu For Parents and includes:

An overview of the AlcoholEdu for College course structure and key concepts.

A demo video that provides you with an overview of the course experience your child will be moving through.

Helpful resources, such as tips on talking to your college student about alcohol, warning signs of an alcohol problem and links to additional resources.

Need Help?

Should you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu® Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the “Technical Help” button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu® for Parents screen. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Technical Support Center.

 

AlcoholEdu FAQ

Where can I log into AlcoholEdu?

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If you have questions on how to access your Everfi account please email alcoholedu@uconn.edu.

I am having technical difficulties with AlcoholEdu. Where can I find assistance?
For technical difficulties within the course, please reach out to Everfi directly. Their contact information can be found here.

My question is not technical, whom should I contact?
All questions other than technical difficulties should be directed to alcoholedu@uconn.edu. We are unable to take calls regarding AlcoholEdu. We require email correspondence to verify that we are speaking with an UConn student. Email correspondence is the best way to communicate as it avoids errors that could be made over the phone. University email is the official communication with students.

 I just finished Part 1 of AlcoholEdu today, when will Part 2 be available for me to complete?
Part 2 of AlcoholEdu opens 45 days after a student completes Part 1 of the program. This 45 day intersession is a required part of the program and is immovable.

 I finished Part 2 of AlcoholEdu today, when will the hold be removed from my account?
Once a student has completed Part 2 of AlcoholEdu and has earned an 80% or better on the exam, the hold is removed within 2 business days.  

Echeck-up To Go Self Assessment

These free, anonymous online assessment tools offer participants an opportunity to receive personalized feedback about their substance use, in the convenience and comfort of their own space.  For students interested in making changes to their substance use, we recommend completion of the BASICS (alcohol-focused) or MAPP (cannabis-focused) program to receive more individualized support in conjunction with these assessment tools.   

Echeck-up To Go for Alcohol 

Echeck-up To Go for Cannabis

 

Facts on Tap

Compete in a team-based trivia game that tests your knowledge about alcohol! Trivia topics include BAC, tolerance, how the body metabolizes alcohol, and how to help your friends stay safe.  This program is open to any student group and facilitated by a Student Health & Wellness staff member.

To request, please submit a program request form.

 

Alcohol, Me, & My Community

Alcohol, Me, & My Community offers a space to explore what you love most about your community, unpack the science of alcohol’s effects on the body, and discuss ways to both manage risk and keep your community healthy. This program is open to any fraternity or sorority member and facilitated by a Student Health & Wellness staff member.

To request, please submit a program request form.

 

Student Engagement

Alcohol & Other Drug Collaborative

The AOD Collaborative is a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty committed to addressing substance use within our community. Our mission is to foster a culture and environment that prevents harm from substance use and empowers students to make informed decisions that affect lifelong health. Visit the Wellness Coalition page for more information.

Additional Resources

Navigating Substances During a Pandemic

Social life at UConn is looking a little different this year.  Do your part to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 within our community so we can get back to life as usual.

Your Role in Keeping Our Community Well

Engage in open communication—Our community has made some shared commitments that we should all follow (see the UConn Promise).  Beyond that, everyone has their own comfort-level with potential exposure and we’ll need to communicate with one another to both stay connected and keep our community healthy.    

Tell: Share with others what works best for you.  For example, “I’m excited to see you!  I’ll be less stressed and enjoy hanging out much more if we’re both wearing a mask. Can we stick with that?”  We’re also all still getting used to social distancing; it’s perfectly okay to tell someone who’s getting too close, “Can you please give me a little more space?  Thanks!”  

Ask: If you’re not sure what someone is comfortable with, ask.  For example, “I miss seeing you and would love to catch up!  Would you prefer to chat online, or go for a walk together?” 

Practice physical distancing—Keep 6 ft between you and anyone you don’t live with, whenever possible!  It’s that simple.  

Wear a mask or face covering—Masks or other face coverings should be worn in all public spaces, and anytime you’re visiting with someone who doesn’t live with you.  If you’re eating or consuming a beverage while socializing, re-mask when not eating/drinking.  

Keep your cup solo—Prevent the spread of germs by keeping your drink to yourself.  

Wash your hands frequently and especially before eating—Good hand hygiene has always been a basic health practice.  Let’s keep that going. 

Stay home when in isolation/quarantine or if you’re sick—We’ll be able to get back to life as usual much faster if we commit to staying home when asked to isolate or quarantine, or anytime we feel sick.  

How to Be a Responsible Host

Keep gatherings small—Now is a great time to deepen relationships by enjoying the company of friends in smaller groups.  

Socialize outside whenever possible—Go for a walk with a friend, enjoy a picnic (each person should bring their own meal & utensils), and grab some chairs to chat on the lawn are all great outdoor options.   

Make plans to social distance while you’re sober—Our spatial awareness is diminished when intoxicated, making it harder to sufficiently social distance.  Try setting up your gathering space before you start drinking, to ensure you and others keep at least a 6ft distance while socializing. For example, consider the amount of space between chairs. 

Encourage guests to keep their cups to themselves—Some folks find it helpful to label their cup to make sure it doesn’t get mixed up with someone else’s.   

Offer single-serve foods—Particularly if guests will be drinking, it’s important to have food available (eating before and during drinking slows the absorption of alcohol).  Opt for single-serve foods, like pre-packaged chips, or let guests know they’re welcome to bring their own snack! 

Ask guests to wear a face covering whenever possible—Masking is one of the best tools we have to reduce the spread of disease.  Be sure to wear a mask and have extras available for guests.  

Call 911 in any medical emergency—Did you know that UConn has a Good Samaritan statement? Students who call for help in medical emergencies are not typically referred to the University's campus conduct process, even when alcohol or other drugs are involved, unless there are other documented Student Code violations (ie. destruction to the University community, assault, property damage, etc.).

Alcohol: Strategies to Reduce Your Risk

Utilize these strategies to avoid the not-so-good impacts alcohol can have sometimes.  

Utilize standard drink sizes—Pour standard drinks so each drink really is only one drink.

Set limits you think will work for you—Students who have 4 or more drinks (females) or 5 or more (males) in one sitting are at increased risk for alcohol-related harm.  Aiming for below that number is a great place to start!  

Eat before drinking—it’ll help slow the absorption of alcohol and keep you feeling your best. 

Pace yourself—sip and savor to both reduce your risk and enjoy yourself more.  For more on how to pace yourself, see our guide to pacing below.  

Hydrate—drinking water before, during, and after drinking alcohol goes a long way.  Alternating alcoholic beverages with water or other non-alcoholic drinks can be helpful. 

Get home safely—Grab a ride from a fellow (sober) Husky offering, or take a walk home with friends to make sure you get to your final destination safely!

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Guide to Pacing

Pacing or spacing out how much alcohol you’re consuming over a period of time is a great way to reduce your risk of experiencing alcohol-related harms.

Strategies for pacing yourself include:

  • Alternating non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks
  • Eating a meal before drinking to slow the absorption of alcohol
  • Trying to avoid drinking games and pre-gaming

To understand pacing on a deeper level, check out the following information about Standard Drinks, BAC, the Biphasic Effect, and When to Call for Help.

Standard Drinks

Knowing standard drink sizes is helpful if you’re trying to figure out how much alcohol is in your drink. Below is a guide that shows standard drink sizes for some common types of alcohol. Be aware, however, that some beverages may contain a higher percentage of alcohol than what’s shown. Some types of beer—IPAs, for example—are often much higher than 5% alcohol.

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Blood Alcohol Concentration

Once you know how to pour a standard drink, you can estimate your BAC. BAC stands for Blood Alcohol Concentration and is the ratio of alcohol to blood in your body.

Biological sex, body weight, amount consumed, and drinking pace are the most significant influences on BAC. Utilizing a BAC calculator is a great way to get a sense of what your BAC might look like, while taking those variables into account. You can find one here. Please note that results from these calculators are estimations and should not be used to determine if you can safely drive.

Included here is a general guide to what someone without a tolerance might experience at each BAC range.

Source: NIAAA.gov

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Biphasic Effect

Utilize what you know about your BAC to consider a drink limit that’s right for you. A BAC of .06 is considered the point of diminishing returns– the BAC at which drinking more alcohol leads to fewer of the pleasurable effects associated with drinking. Keeping your BAC below .06 will reduce experiences you might want to avoid, such as blacking out, feeling nauseous, or doing things you’ll later regret.

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When to Call for Help

Below are signs to look out for that indicate a fellow Husky needs medical attention. What’s most important though, is to recognize when your gut is telling you that something isn’t right. If you’re wondering if you should call for help, that’s the moment you know you have to.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty remaining conscious , or inability to wake up
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Slow heart rate
  • Clammy skin
  • Body temperature change
  • Skin color changes (could be bluish or pale)

These signs indicate someone needs immediate medical attention—call 911. Remember, UConn’s #1 priority is the safety of our students, which is why we have a Good Samaritan Statement in place. You can read that statement here.

Cannabis: Strategies to Reduce Your Risk

Utilize these strategies to reduce or avoid the potential not-so-good impacts cannabis can have.  

Take a break—Experiment with cutting back on how much or how frequently you consume cannabis.  Small changes can make a big difference! 

Consider your timing—Avoid consuming cannabis before doing homework, taking exams, or going to class.  Cannabis can impact cognition, and it’s important to have a clear mind so you can do your best academically! 

Avoid sharing—Colds & the flu can pass from person to person from sharing joints, blunts, bongs, pipes, or vape pens.  Sometimes caring means not sharing!  

Keep it simple—Avoid mixing cannabis with tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.  Multiple substances in the body complicates things, and can have some unpleasant effects. 

Get a safe ride home—Grab a ride from a fellow (sober) Husky offering, or take a walk home with friends to make sure you get to your final destination safely! Driving high puts an individual at a significantly increased risk of being in a car accident.   

How to Support Friends Who May be Struggling with Substance Use

Listen—Heavy alcohol or other drug use often develops to manage something that otherwise feels unbearable (anxiety, hopelessness, loneliness, physical and/or emotional pain, etc.).  Listen for what’s underneath the use.  Offering compassion and friendship can go a long way for someone who’s been struggling alone.

Let them know you care—When sharing your concerns, try describing what you've noticed—for example, "You mentioned feeling more anxious lately.  I've noticed you’re smoking more often, too."

Be a bridge to resources—UConn has lots of resources available.  Help your friend find an option that fits their needs.

Offer substance-free ways to connect—Giving your friend a sober way to be in community with others can be a huge help.  The UConn Recovery Community offers weekly meetings and can be another opportunity for your friend to find fellowship while making changes to their substance use.

Become a Recovery Ally—Participate in UConn's Recovery Ally Training, a program that exists to expand awareness, sensitivity, and support to students in (or seeking) recovery from substance use disorders.

Practice self-care—Honor your own limitations and needs. Remember that you are human and can only affect change for things within your control.  You can’t give to others what you don’t have to offer; taking care of yourself will keep you well and able to support your friend.

Resources for Making Changes to Your Substance Use

IntelliDrink: IntelliDrink is a blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator for the iPhone. Watch your BAC rise and fall on the graph and analyze your consumption with IntelliDrink's statistics! Set a limit and get notified when you exceed or fall below your limit. 

The T-Break Guide: A day-by-day guide to support you in taking a successful break from cannabis.  

QuitSTART: The quitSTART app is a free smartphone app that helps you quit smoking with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges. 

This is Quitting Program: The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting gives young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes.

 

Sources for Evidence-Based Information

Campus Drug Prevention: A compendium of resources, including a Student Center with student-specific resources, to prevent drug abuse among college students. The US Drug Enforcement Administration is committed to promoting the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation’s colleges and universities. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. 

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD): It is the mission of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, in partnership with the nation’s colleges and universities, to promote student success nationally by providing data-driven solutions to alcohol and drug misuse; lead the dialogue on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse and recovery in the national agenda; and ensure the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the Center’s efforts. 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): NIAAA is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Resources for Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous
Sharing strength, hope, and experience for individuals who are working towards sobriety from alcohol or individuals who are in recovery from alcohol use. Membership is open to anyone who has a desire to stop drinking.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
Leading the movement to transform America's addiction treatment infrastructure and expand access to research-validated, results-based care.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)
The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. We are a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and policy makers.

CT Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery, or are in long term recovery, CCAR is here to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access to area support services.

CT State Conference of Young People in AA (CSCYPAA)
The purpose of CSCYPAA is to carry the AA message of recovery, unity, and service to a vast number of members, and to encourage young people in AA to become actively involved in service, as well as acquaint the members of the fellowship with all activities available to them throughout the area.

Eating Disorder Resources

Drug Free CT
Are you seeking various treatment options?
Find various treatment resources, including in-patient and outpatient programs.

In the Rooms
A global recovery community found online, allowing individuals to access meetings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individuals can choose from a variety of meetings that best suit their needs.

Marijuana Anonymous
A community-based organization that offers recovery from the effects of addiction through a 12-step program. Provides an ongoing support network for individuals with an addiction to drugs and individuals who want to maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Narcotics Anonymous
A community-based organization that offers recovery from the effects of addiction through a 12-step program. Provides an ongoing support network for individuals with an addiction to drugs and individuals who want to maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Ohio State University Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
It is the mission of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, in partnership with the nation’s colleges and universities, to promote student success nationally by providing data-driven solutions to alcohol and drug misuse; lead the dialogue on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse and recovery in the national agenda; and ensure the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the Center’s efforts.

SMART Recovery
Are you looking for a program without a higher power?
SMART Recovery is a global community of people and families working together to resolve addictive problems. Participants learn from one another using a self-empowering approach based on the most current science of recovery.
Self-Help Addiction Recovery – SMART Recovery 4-Point Program – Alternative to AA

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Find various treatment resources.

Young Adult Resources:
Active Minds

Young People in Recovery

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