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Collegiate Recovery Program

Photo of Wood Marchant from the article

College of Charleston Magazine highlights our Collegiate Recovery Program in the summer issue.
Read Unwrecked     UnWrecked pdf

Recovery Road article. Photo by Reese Moore

Recovery article in EHS: The Magazine of Episcopal High School
where CRP Director Wood Marchant is a class of ’84 graduate.

Recovery Road pdf

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Resuming this Fall, 2017

The Tuesday Open Meetings will resume Fall, 2017. 
Great participation! Thank you all. See you again this fall. 

Continuing this Summer, 2017

The Member Meetings in the CRP Lounge continue through summer:

  • Meetings for members are held in the CRP Lounge on the third floor of the Stern Center.
  • These meetings focus on recovery-related issues and challenges one may face as a recovering young person and student.
  • The CRP Lounge provides a safe space for students to study, get together and to plan social events on and off campus.
  • A focus on community-service is part of the CRP as students will collectively find and work with local community partners.
  • Another important aspect of the program is helping students plan for their post-graduate careers by having sober community members who work in various fields come speak to students to provide guidance and perspective.

To become a member of the CRP

  • Students must fill out an application and
  • Meet with Wood Marchant, Director of the CRP, for an interview.


Meet the CRP Director

What is the CRP?

A Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is an institutionally sanctioned and supported program for students in recovery from addiction seeking a degree in higher education. It is a structured, healthy community where recovering students can thrive academically and socially while actively pursuing their recovery. Collegiate Recovery Programs provide students an opportunity to bond together in an alcohol and drug free environment.

CRP Mission Statement

The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at College of Charleston provides a safe and nurturing student-focused community in which students in recovery from substance and/or addictive disorders can be empowered in furthering their academic, professional and personal potential to become healthy, responsible, productive members of society.

The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) aims to help our sober students stay substance-free through peer-to-peer support, group support and through connection to the local recovering community. 

The Drug and Alcohol Problem

  • 48% of all substance abuse treatment admission come from young adults ages 18-25 and 1,825 college students DIE each year due to alcohol-related injuries (Hingston et al., 2009)

  • Additionally, every year, over 159,000 of the nation’s freshmen will drop out of their college or university due to substance abuse. (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)

  • College students are the fastest growing segment seeking treatment for substance use disorder, 1,143% increase in the past decade (SAMSHA)


To establish an exceptional collegiate recovery program which includes all elements identified by the students served as necessary for their retention and graduation and to expand the landscape of a student development at the College of Charleston and our surrounding community to include support of long term recovery as a critical component of student success and inclusiveness.


  • Make connections with other recovering students
  • Be involved in fun, sober events (on and off-campus)
  • Facilitate recovery support and accountability through case management, including weekly check-ins, support for transitions into campus, etc.
  • Create opportunities to be service to each other and potential students
  • Make connections to resources for academic wellness and support
  • Have access to a safe, supportive space, where they can relax and recharge
  • Challenge stereotype and myths about addictions and recovery through outreach and education.

What can we offer?

  • A safe place for students in recovery
  • A place of academic advocacy, oversight and support
  • A place of social interaction and fun
  • A place of accountability

What can be expected of students in the Collegiate Recovery Program?

  • Attend recovery meetings, find a sponsor, and work a 12-Step recovery program
  • Spend time with recovery groups and participate in community service projects
  • Refrain from the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Participate in interdisciplinary research opportunities dedicated to the promotion of sustainable long-term recovery from addictive behaviors.

How is a Collegiate Recovery Program different than on-campus counseling?

  • Social support model has proven success in organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
  • A CRP would be a resource for students to seek support in ongoing recovery as opposed to counseling on a punitive basis.
  • Clinical services and psychosocial supports targeting students in recovery are not revenue generating.
  • 43% of students in recovery said they enrolled in their university because it had a collegiate recovery community, and would not have enrolled otherwise.


  • Counseling and Substance Abuse Services 
    Location is RSS (Robert Scott Small Building) Suite 300 Third Floor
    Enter the RSS Building from Cougar Mall
    843.953.5640  843.953.8283 (fax)


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