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Ann Arbor Recovery Program Supports Students
The University of Michigan has been leading an addiction recovery program to support students who struggled with an addiction or are looking to be substance free rather than joining the school's party scene.
The Collegiate Recovery Program has been allowing these students to meet peers who also want to stay sober and succeed academically.
It is not a medical treatment program for individuals with a drug addiction — those who have a substance use disorder get referred to a medical facility to receive the appropriate addiction treatment services that they need.
The team behind the Collegiate Recovery Program regularly organizes sober events at the university as well as other locations in order to give opportunities for the students to serve in different areas of the institution and educate them on addiction.
Matt Statman, who is a certified counselor and the program manager, explained that his main goal has been to show students that they can have a fun and positive academic experience without using drugs or alcohol.
He said that the Collegiate Recovery Program has managed to help over 100 students and that the program has been a critical initiative as drugs have affected many of the local students.
The Michigan University Health Service conducted a study in 2016 that showed high-risk alcohol consumption impacts approximately 50 percent of the university's undergraduates and that about 10 percent of the 30,000 enrolled undergraduate students used prescribed medications for non-medical reasons.