University of Vermont

Catamount Recovery Program

Who We Are

The University of Vermont’s Catamount Recovery Program (CRP) was founded in 2010 to address the unique needs of students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Our goals are to provide:

  • A supportive environment/community within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage academics without engaging substance use;
  • An educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students in recovery have the ability to achieve success both in college and beyond;
  • Accountability for recovering students that comes from self, peers, and higher education staff;
  • A normative college experience for individuals in recovery.

The CRP has a Director and a Coordinator, as well as counseling staff available for CRP members, but the community of CRP students are the most valued members of the team. Each CRP member is asked to be supportive of the ideals of the community and each member’s commitment to sobriety.

UVM's Catamount Recovery Program is founded upon five pillars we believe provide a strong foundation for recovery support on a college campus. These pillars are: Recovery, Community, Academics, Service, and Advocacy. Each student is asked to consider these five pillars in building their recovery action plan.

What We Do

The CRP provides opportunities for students to engage with one another, develop community and support, and engage a true college experience. Activities, events, meetings, service work, advocacy, recovery-based housing and social media all offer means to developing these connections.

All students are expected to be engaged in the community, to participate in programs and events, to take the course, and give back to the community. We offer fun social events (think ping-pong tournaments, apple picking, Superbowl parties, go-karting, etc.), have yoga, meditation and massage sessions, discussion and therapy groups dedicated to recovery, opportunities for academic support, service work, weekly community meals, recovery support meetings, social activities and advocacy work, and an active private Facebook Community.

Specifically, you can break down what we do into five categories, we:

  • Offer resources to individuals that allow them to have optimal success on campus.
  • Do community outreach, service and advocacy to support positive recovery.
  • Act as a positive example for individuals who may be struggling with substance abuse on campus.
  • Break the stigma, put a new face on recovery, daily.
  • Have a blast while getting an education!

Logistics

The CRP is located in the Dudley H. Davis Student Center, out of the Center for Health & Wellbeing's Living Well Office. Programs, meetings, classes, and social opportunities are scheduled in this space throughout the week for CRP students. Housing for CRP students is provided at the Cottages on Trinity Campus. The Cottages are co-ed, have in-house kitchens, and are located near several dining facilities and the McAuley Fitness Center.

Last modified February 09 2017 10:05 AM