Eagle Peer Recovery to offer sober living on campus

Eagle Peer Recovery to offer sober living on campus

August 06
20:26 2014

Taylor Corbett / Contributing Writer

A sober-living community is coming to the UNT’s Maple Hall in fall 2015.

Created by the Eagle Peer Recovery group, the Recovery Nest will be similar to Residents Engaged in Academic Living communities, but instead of for similar majors, it will be for similar life goals. The hope is the community will help give extracurricular options for students who come to college with previous drug or alcohol abuse problems, said Linda Holloway, chairperson of the Department of Disability and Addictions Rehabilitation.

“Young people get addicted faster when they begin to use drugs or alcohol,” Holloway said. “They take bigger risks and more dangerous drugs, and you see a lot of them on college campuses.”

Holloway said students who have drug or alcohol problems often do not know how to have fun without abusing.

Almost one in four college students met the medical criteria for substance abuse or dependence in 2007, according to a study at George Mason University.

“If a student has struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past, you can imagine how the parents must feel to send their child to college,” said Marcy Haag, associate dean of the College of Public Administration and Community Service. “But now they have a place to land where their peers are like-minded and can understand one another’s situation.”

Sidney Smith, hall director of College Inn, said that the program will be a great way for students to gain a support system.

“With Fry Street a walk away, having a community to support you is very important to prevent you from making a decision you could regret later,” Smith said.

The Recovery Nest will be for students of any class rank committed to long-term recovery and have a desire to be a contributing UNT student.

They will be expected to participate in the UNT Collegiate Recovery Program peer support meetings with a mentor and engage in Party Sober programming, such as Sober Tailgating. They also have to be willing to submit a urine screening as evidence of sobriety, Holloway said.

A person can make the selection to be in the program when they register for student housing in Maple Hall for 2015.

The Eagle Peer Recovery group began in 2012. Besides creating a sober living community, they also started an AA and Narcotics Anonymous support group, as well as actively promote the party sober movement.

The group now has more than 600 active members on campus.

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