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 misuse.  We create a supportive environment within campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a recovering lifestyle.  CRP students have educational, academic, advisory, community building, and programmatic opportunities that support their decision to maintain their recovery as well support their academics and gain skills for life. Through its holistic approach to continuing care, the Catamount Recovery Program helps to provide a supportive college experience for students in recovery.

The CRP provides opportunities for students to engage with one another, develop community and support, and participate in a true college experience. Activities, events, meetings, service work, advocacy, recovery-based housing, one-on-one support, collaborations, referrals and social media all offer means to developing these connections.

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!

A Week in The Life

The Catamount Recovery Program (CRP) provides the opportunity to make connections and build relationships that are based in recovery but evolve into multi-faceted support systems.  We do this through regularly planned opportunities to come together, to build community, and engage in self-exploration and fun.

Weekly events:

Each week CRP offers a multitude of opportunities to come together to develop in-person connection and build relationships.  A typical week includes the following gatherings:

  • CRP lunch – each week CRP hosts lunch for CRP students. Once a month this lunch is open to Friends and Family so CRP students can invite allies in their recovery process.
  • CRP drop-in – each week CRP holds space for CRP students to congregate, build community, find support, and engage in self-care activities.
  • CRP Recovery Group (therapeutic group) – sponsored through Counseling & Psychiatry Services.  This group is for students in recovery to address additional clinical concerns.
  • CRP class – HDFS 055 Exploring Development through Community – 1 credit course required CRP student’s first and second semester in CRP.
  • Recovery Support meeting – Open 12 step meeting on campus.
  • Coffee Talk – mid-week break to connect, build community, check in and enjoy a cup of joe for all students in a recovery-supportive space.
  • Community Game Night – the Flipside of Friday (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.

Social events:

CRP provides bi-weekly outings, activities and social events to get the opportunity to get off campus, deepen connections, and have fun!  Students guide the process for what we do each semester based on their interests. 
A sample fall semester would include: 

  • Apple picking    
  • Moonlight hike
  • Camping
  • Ropes Course
  • Halloween party
  • Halloween dinner/Movie marathon
  • Friends Giving
  • Holiday Brunch and White Elephant
  • A spring semester would include:
  • Welcome Back Brunch
  • Superbowl Party
  • How to be in a Relationship
  • Night at the Movies
  • Escape Room
  • Pi Day
  • Exploring Vermont
  • Comfort Food Dinner
  • 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.

Service

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.

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

CRP Coordinator: Joy Solomon

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.