I was struck by the sheer number of students at Temple University and the fact there isn’t a legitimate recovery program in place. There are 17,020 students at the university, while this city is amid an ongoing drug crisis.

Robert Ashford offered some sobering data, as he’s a masters of social work candidate at the University of Pennsylvania studying recovery in the college population.

Ashford and Jimmy Hatzell, chief technology officer at Life of Purpose Treatment, found recovery during college and are working in advocacy for on-campus recovery services.

The importance of being incorporated as a “line item” in the school’s budget was a compelling portion of their lecture. A real budgetary support system could see recovery housing and a sober social center provide a sanctuary for students seeking to sustain sobriety through this trying period given the activity of their peers.

Collegiate recovery programs (CRP) are an important resource for student populations where access to information and support in this context isn’t easy to identify.

“At its core, collegiate recovery is the enmeshment of a recovery lifestyle and an academic lifestyle, so you can have success.”