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Empowerment is a Key Tool in Treating Young People with SUDs

I found recovery on the basic assumption that recovery would make my life better. I didn’t really know what it was or how I was going to get there, but I knew that something needed to change. I was at a point in life where my future looked like certain impending doom. I have a vivid memory of contemplating my future inside of a jail cell. I saw two roads, one was run and the other was pick up the broken pieces that my life had turned into and put them back together.

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A Brief Reflection of the Recovery Advocacy Movement

Recently, I spent some time traveling up through the North East for work and advocacy. The trip was amazing and I certainly was able to get a whole lot done. There was something special about it though. It was the kind of week that I feel like I will look back on as a pivotal moment. I went from UNITE to Face Addiction in DC and then hopped on the train with Andrew Burki to check out Philadelphia/South Jersey (where I am from) and finished things off at my alma matter, Penn State University.

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Why a Free Trip to Unite to Face Addiction Matters

Young People in Recovery, Life of Purpose, and the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program have partnered together to give away three free trips to Unite to Face Addiction. Airfare and Hotel will be covered for the recipients, who must be registered and attend the 3rd Annual North Texas Recovery Conference: New Paradigms in Recovery.

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#MuggleMonday and Recovery Allies

At Life of Purpose we understand that recovery from a substance use disorder is made possible in part by recovery allies. To honor our amazing allies, we are starting a series of posts called #MuggleMondays. Theses posts will be featuring different "muggles" who help make recovery possible.

The term muggle has derives from a pop culture reference to the Harry Potter series. In the series, the wizards refer to their non-wizard counterparts as muggles. Our founder and CEO Andrew Burki has made this reference so many times that it has begun to catch on.

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SMOKE WEED EAT PIZZA: The Potential Energy of a Pot Smoker

I was 18 years old and headed to Penn State. I had been accepted early decision to the Smeal College of Business and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program. The world was in front of me but I couldn’t see it.  My vision was masked by a cloud of marijuana smoke. My primary focus was on getting drunk, high, and living a party lifestyle. Instead of channeling all of my efforts into academics or other positive things in life, I channeled them into getting as high as possible as much as possible.

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Top Ten Realizations of Students in Recovery

Lissa Franklin is a current University of Miami student and a Clinical Outreach Coordinator at Life of purpose. Our director of Technology, Jimmy Hatzell, was a 2015 Penn State graduate and former president of the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community. Jimmy and Lissa sat down together to brainstorm the top ten realizations that they made when perusing their education as students in recovery.

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Student Recovery Programs: A Necessity in Academia

Transitioning into college is not an easy task for anyone. Transitioning into an abstinence hostile environment like a college campus as a person who has recently entered long term recovery can be much harder, at least one would think. Thankfully, this is not always the case. Student recovery programs are sprouting and thriving at academic institutions everywhere.

They differ in size, name, and scope. Some are called a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and some are called a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC). Many have dedicated staff and a space on campus. Others are limited to student organizations. Some institutions offer sober living options for students in recovery.

Although they are not all the same, student recovery programs have a common goal. A goal of making recovery possible while perusing an education. They provide a medium for students to give and receive support. They depreciate the stigma associated with substance abuse and substance use disorders. They enable students in recovery to feel like students, not an outsider who isn’t supposed to be there. 

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Changing the Treatment Industry with Higher Education

When I was 19 I had my first look at recovery. As recommended by the Penn State office of student conduct, I met with the Program Coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Community in University Park, Jason Whitney. He talked about his recovery and how he got sober when he was 19 at the University of Colorado. I related to him, but decided that I wasn’t ready to give up drugs and alcohol.

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The Road to Recovery Day

Almost exactly four years ago a high school senior in Delaware took the leap into long term recovery to confront his struggles with substance use. Despite his struggles in the past, he applied, was accepted, and enrolled in classes at George Washington University later that fall. Fast forward to present day, “I’m a senior in the School of Business, soon to be a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development, studying Higher Education Administration,” and if that is just not enough, “Currently, I’m the Education Lead for the DC Chapter of Young People in Recovery, on the board of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, and on the Student Organization Advisory Board here on campus.” Meet Tim Rabolt.

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