Recovery and College

Jimmy Hatzel and Robert Ashford came to our class to discuss collegiate recovery.

I want to start off this reflection by stating that I empathize with anyone seeking recovery pursuing higher education. A huge aspect of the college culture revolves around experimenting with various substances.

Some colleges that already have some type of collegiate recovery programs include The College of New Jersey, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel.

There are about 170 collegiate programs and that is determined by the college having some kind of effort to have recovery services on campus.

To bring this issue closer to home, according to Ashford, 10 percent of Temple students have a Substance Use Disorder. Also, 1 in 3 college students will likely have a mental health concern while they’re in school.

There is an active effort to get more services on Temple’s campus but it remains unclear how long it will take to get something implemented.

College Recovery Program services typically include teaching life skills, academic advising, 24/7 recovery student lounge, and referrals to intensive outpatient programs.


About the author

Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen is a sophomore Journalism major with a Political Science minor at Temple University. She also does the Morning Updates for WHIP, Temple’s student radio station. She is the creator of WHIP’s The District where she and a co-host discuss Philadelphia and Pennsylvania state politics every Tuesday and Thursday night; 7-8 pm. She previously interned for Solomon Jones at 900amWURD for the “Wake Up With WURD” show where she learned about radio production and promotion through social media. She is a member of Temple’s Association of Black Journalists. She has volunteered with Update Now during her first year. She is the executive producer of TUTV’s Temple Talk, Temple’s only entertainment day show. Contact Taylor at

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