Colorado State University’s Ram Recovery community was founded in February of 2017. This is an inclusive community designed to provide support to enrolled and aspiring students pursing a college degree. This community provides support for students on all paths and in all phases of recovery including substance use disorders, eating disorders, as well as process and other mental health disorders. Ram Recovery is a registered student organization within CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement Office. It is also affiliated with Young People in Recovery, a national non-profit organization designed to offer recovery support and advocacy through community-led chapters.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) definesrecovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential” (2012). Ram Recovery adopted this working definition of recovery.
The Ram Recovery Leadership Team is comprised of CSU graduate student advisor, Ashley Wheeler, and CSU Residence Director, Amy Gooch, as well as CSU Counseling senior staff members, Jim Weber, LCSW, and Ainara Echanove, PsyD, who assist with the recovery community.
Ram Recovery is currently mid-size, with roughly twenty active members participating in recovery supportive programs. Members hold two weekly, hour-long, General Recovery meetings per week in the CSU Health & Medical Center. This community also offers peer mentorship and sponsor social events, group trips, informal social opportunities and referrals for additional recovery support. Ram Recovery will continue building out their programming based on the needs of the students in the community.
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Peer mentorship is a significant component of the Ram Recovery Community. This type of support provides a way of connecting with peers who share lived experiences in recovery and demonstrate that recovery is possible. Peer mentors are different from professional staff in that they share personal stories, build friendship and, together, build a social support community that is essential to the recovery process.