Nebraska establishes a recovery community to support students

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Nebraska establishes a recovery community to support students

Announced Sept. 23, the draft plan is intended to guide the university to the year 2025.

A new program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln aims to offer a supportive community and resources to students who are working to separate from alcohol and/or drug use.

The college social environment can present additional challenges to students in recovery or seeking recovery from addiction. Nebraska’s new Collegiate Recovery Community will support a student’s decision to remain sober by connecting students with a community of like-minded peers.

“Recovery doesn’t need to be any more difficult than it already is and that is why we are here to lend a hand to anyone in need of our support,” said Jon Haag, a first-year student who is a founding member of the recovery community.

Beginning Jan. 13, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings will take place at the University Health Center on Mondays at 8 p.m. Hosted by two Husker alumni who are long-time members of the 12-step program, meetings are open to the university community.

In addition to support, Big Red Resilience and Well-being plans to offer social events. Haag says staying clean and sober is a difficult task, but that it will be easier with a community of peers.

“Feeling like you are a part of something greater than yourself is important for any student’s success.”

Students interested in connecting with the recovery community can learn more here.

A new advisory board will guide the recovery efforts for the Collegiate Recovery Community. Faculty, staff and students interested in serving on the board should contact Connie Boehm.

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