Wed, 31 October 2012
"Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances” was presented on Tuesday, October 23, 2012; by Mary Jo Desprez, MA. The college environment can pose significant risk to a student recovering from alcohol/other drug addiction. Many universities – including the University of Michigan - have developed programs to help recovering students maintain their recovery, excel academically and have a normative college experience apart from the culture of alcohol and other drug use. Research demonstrates exceptionally high rates of academic success and sustained recovery among students who participate in collegiate recovery programs. This presentation provides an overview of the national and local efforts to build recovery support programs on college campuses, and provides information about what parents and students should look for as they explore their options for pursuing a degree of higher education. Mary Jo has worked in the field of college health and wellness for over 20 years. As part of her current role as the Director of Health Promotion and Community Relations, Mary Jo manages the University of Michigan Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program and the Collegiate Recovery Program. She is the Co-Chair for the Ann Arbor Campus and Community Coalition and the Michigan Campus Coalition, and she is a Center Associate for the U.S Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Mary Jo was instrumental in implementing the highly successful collegiate recovery program at the University of Michigan.