New to Recovery

Our Mission

The Collegiate Recovery Community at Penn State University provides a caring and supportive environment for students working to recover from addictions. The CRC communicates a message of hope, links students with recovery-related services and persons in recovery, and facilitates the development of healthy and sustainable habits of mind, body, and spirit. Through the pairing of education and recovery, students are positioned to transition into fulfilling lives as productive members of the campus community and the larger society.

Our Common Problem:

Many students come to us because they are in trouble:  with their academic program, with their friends, with their families, with the law.  Some are tired of repeated failures to control their drinking or their inability to stay away from addictive substances.  Most do not understand alcoholism or addiction.  We understand these issues.  Many of us are in recovery.

What does it mean to be “in recovery”?

The CRC considers a person “in recovery” if he/she abstains from alcohol and drugs and is working a recovery program.  The majority of our members regularly attend 12-Step meetings and work with sponsors, but we welcome other approaches such as counseling together with drug and alcohol group counseling, out-patient rehabs, or church-affiliated counseling.  Alternative methods meet our definition as long as the individual is involved in a group that is specifically about recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and is working with a qualified person.

What is a CRC?

The Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community is part of a national movement that started at Texas Tech over 20 years ago in response to the needs of students seeking recovery in high-risk college environments.  Penn State’s CRC opened its doors in Fall 2011 and is located in Rooms 104 and 105 of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.  Primarily, the PSU CRC provides students in recovery with understanding, support, community, and connections.

What we can do for you:

We can provide you with access to the information, resources, and supportive fellowship you need from fellow Penn State students.  We start by setting up a 90-day plan with you.  During this time it is expected that you will abstain from alcohol or mind-altering substances, that you will attend meetings and/or counseling to learn about what addiction is and how recovery is practiced, and that you will check in regularly with someone within the CRC. After 90 days you will be invited to officially join our community as a person in recovery.

I am in a lot of trouble at Penn State.  Will I get in more trouble if I seek recovery?

It can only help.  We can help you find a possible solution to the issues you may be facing.

I just started going to recovery meetings; what can the CRC do for me that my 12-step group doesn’t do already?

The CRC can provide a safe place to go.  We have  a place in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center where you are always welcome, and a community of other Penn State students who are also in recovery. We often hang out together and have functions, such as our Celebration of Recovery.  This is also an opportunity for you to perform service to other students seeking recovery, since helping others is an important part of a good recovery program.  We offer various kinds of help with academic advising, and our members often benefit greatly from the connections they make with faculty, staff persons, and other students in recovery.  You may choose to get involved in Lions for Recovery, our official Student Organization that meets weekly.

Do you offer recovery housing?

We presently make accommodations for students seeking this option.  Please let us know if you’re interested  and we will make every effort to arrange this for you.

Will everyone know that I’m seeking help for alcoholism/addiction?

We assume that all of the members in our community wish to remain anonymous.

I’m a student at Penn State and I’m worried that I might have a problem.  What can I do?

Contact the Program Coordinator at the CRC at and arrange for a meeting.  The meeting will be confidential.  The Coordinator can also arrange for you to speak with other students in recovery.