Campus Recovery Support Group (CRSG)

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

Whether you are just starting on your recovery journey or have been in recovery for years, the Campus Recovery Support Group is here for you. Join a community of people who offer encouragement, understanding, and accessible tools to help you navigate getting or staying sober.

Get in touch!

The CRSG is growing. To stay up-to-date with what is going on visit our Instagram page @busober or email busober@binghamton.edu.

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER

Started in Spring 2021, the CRSG is a joint initiative between Binghamton University students in recovery, the University Counseling Center and the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Office to increase the campus community's recovery capital. The mission of the CRSG is to connect students who are living a substance-free lifestyle, who are sober curious, and/or who are supporting a family member in recovery with like-minded peers. 

We understand that college can pose unique challenges for those in recovery. The CRSG is dedicated to providing:

  • a safe, nurturing environment for those in recovery or interested in recovery;
  • assistance in preventing a return to substance use;
  • sober social activities that promote community engagement and personal fulfillment; 
  • connections to campus services that support academic and personal goals;
  • educational programming aimed at reducing the stigma around recovery; and
  • volunteer opportunities to grow the campus recovery capital.

Interested in attending a CRSG meeting and/or becoming a peer mentor?

Email: busober@binghamton.edu

WHEN WE MEET

Currently, the CRSG meets once a week, however as interest grows, meetings and informal opportunities for students to connect will expand. The CRSG is looking to host "connection" events throughout the academic year.

CRSG meetings are completely confidential, and open to all undergraduate and graduate students in recovery from substance use or seeking a sober lifestyle. Meetings are facilitated by Angelica Dellapena, a trained counselor from the University Counseling Center and peer mentors are also in attendance for additional support.

Spring 2022 Mtg. Schedule: Wed., 11am-12pm, University Counseling Center

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Become a Peer Mentor

Peer mentors are students who have personal experiences with substance use/misuse, and who want to be points of connection for students who are curious about the CRSG or interested in getting involved. In addition to attending CRSG meetings, peer mentors organize events, provide one-on-one support, assist with recovery ally trainings, etc.  

Become a Recovery Ally

The Recovery Ally Training program seeks to expand the community's knowledge and awareness of substance use disorders, decrease stigma, and grow individual intervention skills. Recovery ally training is delivered in an interactive format and is meant to provide a starting point for friends, family members, lay persons, employers, health care providers, etc. to support those in or seeking recovery from a substance use disorder.

Individual modules in the 3-hour program include: Basic Science; Social Justice, Stigma & Recovery; What Does and Ally Do; Stages of Change & Motivational Interviewing; and Pathways to Recovery. An expanded version of the training (6 hours) provides more in-depth information about motivational interviewing. Individuals who complete the Recovery Ally Training are provided a recovery ally sticker and certificate.

A critical component of the Recovery Ally Training program is having individuals in recovery help facilitate the workshop. If interested in becoming a facilitator or taking a recovery ally training contact the College Prevention Coordinator, Linda Reynolds at lreynold@binghamton.edu.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For a complete list of support resources visit the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Office and University Counseling Center websites.