According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a quarter of college students report negative academic consequences due to drinking. This includes missing classes, falling behind, doing poorly on exams, and overall lowered grades. Substance use on a college campus presents significant risk to the well-being of all college students, with implications stemming from academic troubles to actual death. Education is the key to reducing these risks. Education also offers the ability to alter the cultural norms of substance use and addiction; from challenging the dominant “party” discourse, to reducing social stigma associated with addiction and recovery.
Our education philosophy is twofold - we present recovery-informed knowledge to the collegiate population, and we advocate for cultural changes, on campus, and in the larger addiction treatment and recovery field. We have a focus on peer-to-peer educational models, which are highly effective in our efforts to engage students to challenge their own perceptions of substance use.