What is a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP)?

A collegiate recovery program (CRP) 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.

“Collegiate Recovery Programs increase access to recovery services and support                                       on campuses for students with substance use disorders and those wishing to                                     pursue a substance-free lifestyle. They are one measure in addressing the growing                               need for behavioral health care among young adults.” 

                                       -NC Department of Health and Human Services, 2023

  • 151 – # of CPR’s in the US
  • 30 – # of CRP’s in NC
  • 4 – # of CRP’s at private institutions in NC

Collegiate Recovery at Elon

Our mission is to help students maintain a sober and healthy lifestyle in order to fully engage in their academic, social, and personal pursuits. Phoenix Free is student-led and provides students with the following support and resources:

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Who is Eligible to Participate?

Phoenix Free is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who have a desire to stop using alcohol and/or other substances and live a sober lifestyle. No knowledge of recovery is required. You only need an interest in change. Students at any point in a recovery journey are welcome. If you would like to get involved or learn more about Phoenix Free, please email phoenixfree@elon.edu.

Recovery Ally Training

Support the CRC and become a Recovery 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 that you embody these ideals.

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Recovery Support Resources

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

Recovery 101

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

Language of Recovery pdf

National Recovery Month (SAMHSA)

Science of Addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Phoenix Free CRC Team Members

Callie Kelly, CRC Program Coordinator
Assistant Director for Student Wellness Programs

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