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Office of Collegiate Recovery

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Bridging Recovery to Paths of Possibility

The Office of Collegiate Recovery (OCR) is focused on coordinating efforts that help students fulfill recovery goals (i.e., harm reduction, abstinence) related to alcohol and/or other substances while simultaneously pursuing a college education.

The services of the OCR are designed to address a gap in traditional recovery services offered to students who are early in recovery and starting at or returning to college. The OCR offers mentoring and on-campus recovery support groups, as well as the coordination of College services and student life activities unique to each student. The mentoring focuses on the management of stressors common to college students in early recovery. In this supportive environment, students learn foundational recovery skills and are encouraged to use coping tools while navigating the challenges of a college education.

OCR activities include weekly peer-led group support group meetings, individual mentoring sessions, weekly on-campus recovery and harm reduction meetings, and educational forums to increase addiction/recovery awareness for faculty and students. 

A vital academic partner within the College is the Behavioral Health and Human Services program. The faculty have professional expertise and lived experience of recovery, and program courses have an emphasis on best practices in the field of addiction treatment/recovery support services.

The OCR intersects with supports offered in other CCP student life programs, including the  Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center, Marc David LGBTQ Center, the Center for Male Engagement, the Center on Disability and the Counseling Center.

Recovery Support Group

Discuss and share your expriences about addition and recovery. Join our weekly support group for a place to share and listen. Coffee and snacks will be provided, and no commitment is required.

Starting in the Spring 2024 semester:

  • Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-8
  • Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. | Join us on Zoom

Upcoming Events

"Art of Survival" Documentary by Mural Arts | April 25 at 4 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-3 | Please RSVP

Can art save lives? Can love restore? For three years, an open-door arts studio offered “art as harm reduction” at the heart of Philadelphia’s opioid crisis. The film "Art of Survival" captures the remarkable healing community that flourished there.

Join us for a screening and panel discussion of "Art of Survival" and a panel discussionas artists, students and other stakeholders wrestle with the pressing issues of substance use, harm reduction and the future of recovery in Philadelphia.

Community Resources

The OCR works to meet student needs requiring additional therapeutic supports in collaboration with community-based recovery organizations in and around Philadelphia including:

  • CBH (Community Behavioral Health)—residential, in-patient and outpatient treatment referrals
  • DBHIDS (Dept of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disability Services)—certified peer specialist (CPS) and recovery specialist (CRS) training; treatment referrals
  • Mental Health Partnerships—CPS and CRS training; recovery support services
  • Prevention Point—harm reduction services
  • PRO-ACT—recovery support services focused on education, harm reduction
  • Savage Sisters—outreach specific to opioid addiction, wound care
  • SEPIA (Southeastern Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous)
  • Unity Recovery—recovery support services focused on education, housing, advocacy

How Do I Know If I Have a Drinking or Drug Use Problem?

Below is a set of questions designed to help you find out if substance use may be a problem:

  • Do you prefer to drink/use alone rather than with others?
  • Does your drinking/drug use cause problems with school (e.g., falling grades) or at work (e.g., being late)?
  • Do you drink/use drugs to escape your problems?
  • When you drink/use, do you get very emotional?
  • Do you ever have memory loss or blackouts due to drinking?
  • When you drink, do you often get drunk, even when you did not mean to drink to excess?
  • Do you find that you have to drink/use drugs more and more to get the same effect?
  • Do you get into trouble with the law or injure yourself when you drink/use drugs?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have a drinking/drug use problem. If you have a drinking problem, or suspect that you have one, there are many others who have had these same experiences. If you would like to talk to someone on campus to get more information/support, please email: or visit the Office of Collegiate Recovery in the Winnet Student Life Building, Room S1-11A.

For additional treatment options/recovery resources, visit or


Kerry Arnold (she/they), MSW, LSW
Director, Office of Collegiate Recovery, and Assistant Professor, Behavioral Health/Human Services
Community College of Philadelphia