University of Vermont


Recovery Protection

The purpose of the Catamount Recovery Program is to provide a supportive environment for students in recovery from substance abuse and addiction.  It is each student's responsibility to protect their recovery as they would protect any other valuable asset in their lives. Every person’s Recovery Plan is specific to their own issues and concerns, but we offer the following as some basic considerations most recovery protection plans should consider. 


  • Your triggers for wanting to use substances
  • Activities that nurture/support you
  • Signs indicating when you’re in trouble or struggling

 Support Systems:

  •  Commitment to ongoing support  - name your commitment (i.e. 90 12 step meetings in 90 and then 3 times a week thereafter).
  • Sponsorship (if involved with 12 steps)
  • Support groups for other issues (medical, financial, etc.) including a statement about using them as needed in the future
  • Professional Help – Identify how you are working on (or plan to work on):Effects of other traumas, additional stressors and/or co-occurring issues
  • Managing current/past family of origin issues
  • Social and emotional intimacy skills
  • Emotion-management skills (anger, anxiety, etc.)

 Overall Wellness:

  • Needs for stable living environment
  • Needs/goals for social activities/friends
  • Needs related to your academic life
  • Goals for meditation & spirituality
  • Goals for nutrition, exercise, sleep
  • Goals for recreation, hobbies, free time
  • High risk situations for yourself

 Ongoing Relapse Prevention:

  • How will you check in with yourself to monitor/review/amend this plan (e.g., keep a copy posted, review weekly, etc.)?
  • Who will you share this plan with (e.g., sponsor, friends, other community members, therapists, etc.)What specific steps do you want support people to take if they notice you are straying from your Recovery Protection Plan?

Last modified May 21 2015 03:50 PM