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Collegiate Recovery Program

Welcome! The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at UC San Diego provides a safe space and supportive community for students in recovery or seeking recovery from addiction or harmful behaviors. Whether you are just beginning to define recovery for yourself or have been in it for a long time, you are welcome to join the community. Within the CRP, you can build self-confidence in your recovery, connect with other students at a social event, and get in the loop about volunteer opportunities and ways to give back. Recovery works and can be a part of a fulfilling college experience.

The CRP is based on social support models and is not treatment or therapy. All students will voluntarily agree to respect the confidentiality of others and commit to creating a safe space that is rooted in the principles of recovery.

“The program provides community for people which is essential to continuing their recovery process. Feeling afraid, isolated, alone, misunderstood can lead a person to seek out substances for a multitude of reasons.” - CRP member


“CRP was the best thing that I experienced during my entire time at UCSD. Without CRP I would have lacked community and the opportunity to become a leader in the community. CRP has challenged me to grow and to step up to being of service to a community that needed and needs it.” - CRP member


How to Join

Newcomers to CRP can get connected in multiple ways:

Collegiate Recovery Program Interest Form


What is Recovery

Recovery is more than the absence of addiction. Recovery is a process of change through which you can improve your health and wellbeing, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach your full potential by developing healthy solution focused ways of dealing with the challenges and opportunities of life.

Recovery isn’t exclusive to drug and alcohol use, and covers a broad range of substances and behaviors like:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Nicotine/Vaping
  • Disordered eating/eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Video games
  • Gambling
  • Sex
  • Pornography
  • Internet/Social Media
  • Shopping
  • Risk-taking
  • Steroids
  • Caffeine
  • Overworking
  • Other addictive or harmful behaviors


University of California San Diego's Collegiate Recovery Community (CRP) offers a positive affirming environment where recovering students can thrive by:

  • Removing any barriers to successful academic progression
  • Fostering peer support and accountability
  • Normalizing the recovery identity on campus
  • Providing information, resources, and consultation to students, families, faculty, and staff
  • Providing sober social activities on and off campus


✔ A community of students in recovery from addiction: All ages and academic levels are welcome, from traditional undergraduates to non-traditional, graduate and professional students.

✔ Recovery-supportive programming: Activities include student-organized and student-led peer support group meetings as well as social activities, service opportunities, and educational programming. We are always open to student suggestions for new meetings.

✔ Committed people: The Collegiate Recovery Program is composed of a full-time staff member, student recovery peer support workers, Tritons in Recovery (our very own student group), and CRP members. We also collaborate with Student Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services to provide additional support where needed. We’re all here to support you throughout your journey. 

✔ Many pathways to recovery: Our staff and students acknowledge the importance of diversity in our students and that each individual will determine what is useful for them.

Contact our Collegiate Recovery team at for more information.