Welcome to the Catamount Recovery Program at UVM

The UVM Catamount Recovery Program (CRP) provides an affirming and empowering community for students in recovery from substance use.  We provide a supportive environment within campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a recovering (abstinence-based) lifestyle*.  CRP students have educational, academic, advisory, community building, housing and programmatic opportunities that support their decision to maintain their recovery as well support their academics and gain skills for life.

Collegiate recovery programs provide opportunities for students to engage with one another, develop community and support, and participate in a true college experience. Activities, events, meetings, self-care, advocacy, recovery-based housing, one-on-one support, collaborations, and referrals all offer means to developing these connections.

*Students who are engaged in Medication Assisted Therapy/Treatment/Recovery are welcome provided they are using these medications as prescribed.

Testimonials

“The CRP has significantly broadened my recovery community on campus and provided me with amazing support that have gotten me through difficult time being a college student in recovery.”
  
   “The CRP offers fellowship outside of conventional 12-step meetings, and the community consists of other students in recovery that I can relate to. Without this experience, I may not have been so optimistic about sobriety in college.”
  
   “The CRP lunches are always a highlight for my week! I always look forward to eating and hanging out with my friends who truly can relate to my experiences.”

Who We Serve

Students: The Catamount Recovery Program serves students in recovery from substance misuse and substance use disorders; students contemplating a recovering lifestyle; and students looking to take a break from substance use.

Staff/Faculty: The Catamount Recovery Program serves staff and faculty at UVM by providing a resource for students in need of recovery support and community.  CRP students and staff provide individual and panel presentations in classrooms to educate about recovery, breakdown stigma, and create accessibility.  Staff and Faculty in recovery and/or allies to recovery are additionally welcome to join CRP in weekly lunches and activities.

Families: Families of students in recovery are encouraged to join us in our recovery celebrations, to access us for education and resources in their hometown, and to discuss how best to support their family member in their recovery journey.

UVM: The Catamount Recovery Program serves UVM by creating visibility around a recovering/substance free lifestyle which deconstructs the prevailing assumption that all students use/misuse alcohol and other drugs.  It provides another roadmap to the college experience that includes a positive social life, an engaged peer group, and academic success.

Burlington Community: Catamount Recovery Program students and staff serve the Burlington community by having a presence at recovery-based task forces, meetings, public gatherings and celebrations.  We engage in public service and advocacy for recovery, strive to pave better pathways for individuals seeking recovery, and put a public face to recovery demonstrating that recovery works!

Program Model

The Catamount Recovery Program (CRP) provides the opportunity to make connections and build relationships that are based in recovery and evolve into multi-faceted support systems. Our CRP Lounge is available to student members 24/7 as a community building gathering space. We have a stocked pantry, couches for relaxing and connecting, tables for studying and art projects, a Ping-Pong table, and an A/V system for group movie watching. We offer regular programming designed to engage CRP students in sober connection and fun at UVM as well as within the greater Burlington community. We provide academic support and liaison, referrals to recovery-specific counseling and psychiatry resources; education; and recovery support.

Regular events include:

1. CRP Lunches – provision of monthly lunches for CRP students
2. CRP Recovery Group - (therapeutic group) – sponsored through Counseling & Psychiatry Services. This group is for students in recovery to address additional clinical concerns.
3. CRP Class - HDFS 055 Exploring Development through Community – 1 credit course required CRP student’s first and second semester in CRP.
4. Community Game Night – substance free (strategic board games, video games, cards, arts & crafts) – substance-free space, community, and social connections from the greater campus looking to do something different with their Friday nights. 5. Monthly scheduled activities both on and off-campus to explore both UVM and the greater Burlington area a. UVM programming, athletic, recreational and cultural events b. Apple picking c. Moonlight hike d. Camping e. Halloween party f. Halloween dinner/Movie marathon g. Friends Giving h. Holiday Brunch and White Elephant i. Sober Superbowl Party j. CRP Graduation

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

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

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

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

Community

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.

Academics

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.

Self Care

Self-care is engaging positively and proactively in your wellbeing. It’s about investing time and energy into regular practices that reaffirm your belief in yourself and the inherent value of you. Self-care practices vary based on individual needs, experiences, and personality.

Advocacy

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.

Contact Us

We are on the first floor of the Davis Center in the Living Well Office.

Phone: (802) 656-0236
Email: Recovery@uvm.edu

Catamount Recovery Program
590 Main St, Rm 112
Burlington, VT 05405-1755

CRP Director: Amy Boyd Austin, MSS

Contact us if …you would like to apply, learn more about the program or want to request a consultation, peer-to-peer connection, class presentation or community engagement.