Amanda Hoylman, Assistant Director for Alcohol and Other Drug Programming at Student Health Services at WashU, received a grant this year to help build a recovery program on our campus. The grant was awarded through Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013. Across the nation, many college and university students in recovery from alcohol and/or drug use struggle without support. Over the past few years, some universities have increased their programming and networks to help provide targeted support to these students. Students at WashU expressed a strong desire for a network of peers who want/need to abstain from the use of alcohol and/or other drugs over the 2.5 years Amanda has been in this position, and these conversations motivated her to apply for the grant.
The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable recovery program on the Danforth campus that provides a safe, supportive, and fun environment for students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors. The first event, a casual meet-and-greet, will be held in late February and will include free pizza and coffee. This will be an opportunity for students to engage with peers in a similar situation and to hear about future support resources. This event is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
If you are interested in learning more or helping with this initiative, you can email Amanda at [email protected]