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Welcome to our recovery community.

If you are in recovery from substance use, considering recovery, or taking a break the Catamount Recovery Program (CRP) can provide you with an affirming and supportive community. CRP helps reinforce and maintain your recovery through opportunities for community-building, housing, learning, and advising. If you are engaged in Medication Assisted Therapy/Treatment/Recovery and using your medications as prescribed you are welcome to join CRP.

Your family can join us in our recovery celebrations and connect with Catamount Recovery Program to learn how to support you in your recovery.

Staff and Faculty in recovery or who are allies can join our community.

Our Space

Our CRP Lounge is available to members 24/7 as a community 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 provide academic support and liaising, referrals to recovery-specific counseling and psychiatry resources; education; and recovery support.

Services and Programming

Catamount Recovery Program offers regular programming designed to support connection and fun at UVM and in the greater Burlington community.

Regular events include:

  • Monthly programming on- and off-campus: apple picking, moonlight hikes, holiday parties, going to sports and cultural events, CRP graduation, and more. 
  • On-Campus Recovery Housing: located near the CRP Lounge and available for students with a minimum of six months of active recovery.
  • CRP Class: HDFS 055 Exploring Development through Community, a 1-credit course your first and second semester in CRP.
  • Therapeutic Recovery Group: led by counselors from Counseling and Psychiatry and designed to help students in recovery address clinical concerns.
  • Community Game Night: all students interested in playing strategic board games, role playing games and video games in a substance-free space on Friday nights.

Our Approach: Five Pillars of Recovery in College

Five foundational elements are core to supporting students in recovery in in college:


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 (adapted from SAMSHA’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 reflects 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.


Education strengthens us intellectually, socially, emotionally, and professionally and we prioritize and invest in them accordingly. We seek support and assistance when needed and offer our academic strengths to one another. Education helps us realize how limitless our opportunities are when recovery is the foundation for our efforts.


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.


We advocate for recovery as a model of wellbeing accessible to all in need.  We choose to use our voices to educate, to shift perception and understanding of recovery through the voice of experience.   Our voices must 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.


Amy Boyd Austin, MSS,
Catamount Recovery Program Director

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