We Need More Recovery Resources on Temple’s Campus

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.”

About the author

Jim McCormick

For the past decade, Jim McCormick has worked as an analyst covering the NFL and NBA for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a regular panelist for The Washington Post’s online NFL platform, The League. In addition to written content for The League, Jim conceived and produced the interview podcast series, “Behind the Helmet.” From 2011-2012, Jim was the lead high school football editor for ESPN.com. Jim also served as an editor and co-publisher of the nationally distributed BLITZ Magazine from 2006 to 2010 in what was a broad learning experience as a media entrepreneur. Contact Jim at tua60748@temple.edu.

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