Addiction is a significant problem in this country. Now several universities are offering separate substance-free housing and therapy for students recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Rutgers University in New Jersey pioneered such housing in 1988. The 38 students in Rutgers University’s Recovery House want to continue their recovery while studying for their degrees.
“These are friends also that I can talk to about some really personal issues that are going on in my life. Previously, my friendships, especially when I was using [drugs], were friendships based on ‘let’s get high together,'” said Gregory, a resident of Recovery House.
The residents of Recovery House must remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol and attend twice weekly meetings to talk about their addiction. Rich Alexander is an alumnus of the university’s Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and has been sober for 22 years.
“That’s what we talked about, ‘how are you going to stay sober today?’ And that’s it – today, today, today,” said Alexander.