What is a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)?

A collegiate recovery community (CRC) is a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces a student’s decision to engage in a substance-free college experience. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. Primary components of collegiate recovery community include:

  • Mutual aid support groups near or on campus for students in recovery and students or other committed individuals who gather together socially, participate in sober activities
  • Physical space for students to gather together socially, participate in sober activities, and experience peer recovery support in a safe environment
  • Peer recovery support in a community setting

Collegiate Recovery @ Elon

Elon’s collegiate recovery community is student-led and provides students with opportunities to experience the following supports and resources:

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Recovery works and can be part of a genuine college experience. Our collegiate recovery community is open to all undergraduate and graduate students seeking support in their recovery from substance use and who choose to live a sober lifestyle. If you are a student in or seeking recovery and want to make friends and engage in sober events, the CRC is just for you!

Save the Date—

September is National Recovery Month
April 15th is National Collegiate Recovery Day

Recovery Ally Training

Breaking the Stigma: It’s All About the Language

September 15, 2020  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Our strategic vision to create a supportive community for students to achieve academic success while enjoying a substance-free college experience, begins with establishing a recovery-minded campus.

The recovery ally training is an interactive presentation on recovery from substance use disorders, eliminating stigma, using recovery-friendly language, and how to become an Ally!

Our goal is to foster an environment where students in or seeking recovery feel accepted by their peers, feel comfortable asking for help, and are celebrated by the campus community. By becoming a Recovery Ally, you are declaring to students in or seeking recovery that you embody these ideals.

Support the CRC and become a Recovery Ally! If you would you like to get involved or learn more about Elon University’s Collegiate Recovery Community, please contact the CRC Program Coordinator at 336-278-5013.

How to Be an Ally to a Student in Recovery (pdf) 

Recovery Resources

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

Language of Recovery pdf

Recovery Campus Magazine

National Collegiate Recovery Directory

National Recovery Month (SAMHSA)

Science of Addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

FAQs on COVID-19 and Addiction/Substance Use Disorder

Connect With Us!

Callie Kelly, CRC Program Coordinator
Coordinator of Student Wellness Programs

Charlotte Williams, CRC Program Director
Associate Director of Student Wellness Programs

Faculty Partner in Prevention

Julie Lellis, Faculty Fellow for Substance Education
Associate Professor of Communications