Before todays visitors Robert Ashford and Jimmy Hazell, I didn’t know too much about collegiate recovery programs (CPR). Unfortunately Temple University does not offer collegiate recovery programs and that is something that I think could not only help further build the recovery community but also I think that it will help Temple continue to build diversity within its student population. Ashford currently attends the University of Pennsylvania where he is working toward his Masters degree in social work. Ashford like many others identifies himself as someone in long term recovery. Hatzell is a Penn State grad who actually severed as the president of the collegiate recovery program there at State College. Both of these fellas are continuing their work as dedicated advocates for collegiate recovery programs.
This program is vital to the success of people who identify as people in long-term recovery. This program allows individuals to come together to build a community for them to be apart of while living on a college campus where the use of drugs and alcohol are prevalent. Ashford and Hazell said CRP’s on college campuses gives students in long-term recovery a place that is safe and supportive to there success as student. Hatzell said this taught him that recovery as a young person is cool.