University of Vermont

Catamount Recovery Program

Why a Collegiate Recovery Program?

InfographicBetween 1994 and 2004, the number of adolescents seeking substance abuse treatment in the United States increased by 65% and appears to be continuing on a similar trajectory. Consequently and positively, there is a growing population of young adults in recovery.

Apply to the CRP

  • Download the application form.
    (For best results, open the form with Adobe Reader, which allows you to fill it out on the computer before printing.)
  • Sign the completed form and mail to:
    Catamount Recovery Program, Living Well, 590 Main Street, 112 Davis Center, Burlington, VT 05405.


In our current day and age, a college education is paramount to success. However, it’s a daunting proposition for someone in recovery. In addition to the normal struggles with coursework, living away from home, relationship issues, and working on their recovery program, these students also have to contend with the college environment, which is often unofficially organized around alcohol and other drug use. Simply put, the college environment is abstinence hostile, and it appears to be growing more so with each passing year.

A Collegiate Recovery Program offers an alternative. It provides a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behaviors. It provides a community of peers with shared experiences, goals, and values around recovery. It offers an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. It reinforces accountability for recovering students that comes from self, peers, and higher education staff. And finally, it provides a normative college experience for individuals in recovery apart from the culture of drinking/substance use that is present on today’s campuses.

Last modified February 09 2017 10:05 AM