Our Mission is to offer students in recovery the opportunity to pursue academic success, personal growth, professional development, to have an active and fulfilling collegiate experience, and to prepare them to be vibrant leaders in the community.
Our vision is to shift the landscape of the college community to respect, value and cultivate a culture of long-term recovery as a model of wellness.
Our Five Pillars
The Catamount Recovery Program is built upon five foundational elements that we believe are core to supporting students in recovery in higher education. They are: Recovery, Community, Academics, Service and Advocacy.
Recovery is a dynamic and transformational process which provides opportunity to improve our overall wellness, to live a self-directed life, to strive to reach our full potential, and to have an enhanced quality of life.*
*derived from SAMHSA’s definition of recovery
Our community provides us with a sense of meaning, connection, purpose and value. We are committed to building and strengthening our community for ourselves and for others. Our community offers us a sense of being a part of something greater, the option to never feel alone, and is a reflection of who and what we can be. We know that the community element of our CRP is our greatest resource and we honor this in language and action.
We recognize that furthering our education strengthens us intellectually, socially, emotionally, and professionally. We honor the importance of academics by prioritizing and investing in them accordingly. We seek support and assistance where needed, and offer our academic strengths to one another. Continuing to grow through academic channels supports our recovery and our overall lives. It helps us see how limitless our opportunities are when recovery is the foundation for our efforts.
Service provides the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, to embrace gratitude, and to pave the way for others. We offer our story and our experiences, both in and outside of recovery. We are agents of change, and through service, we model a pathway to transformation.
We believe that recovery is a model of wellness and should be accessible to all in need. We choose to use our voices to educate, to shift perception and understanding, and to shape the policies, standards, treatments, and ideologies of recovery through the voice of experience. We see the need for our voice to be heard and we engage in the dialogue of recovery. We advocate for the healing and transformative power of recovery. We tell the world that recovery works.