ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), a leader in behavioral healthcare management, and DrugRehab.com have launched an initiative to support and educate people of all ages in recovery about how to achieve their educational goals. As part of the initiative, ARS is guiding people in recovery at its centers about how to find and access recovery resources at colleges and in communities, and building awareness through a new resource on DrugRehab.com – A Guide for Students in Recovery: Thriving in College.
ARS has also partnered with the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to support people of all ages in recovery, from the admissions process through campus life, and ultimately graduation, while ensuring an advanced approach to care.
According to a 2014 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance abuse is common among college students: More than one-third of full-time college students aged 18 to 22 engaged in binge drinking in the past month, and about 20 percent used an illicit drug in the past month. Research shows that, on an average day, more than 2,000 full-time college students drank alcohol for the first time, and more than 1,000 used an illicit drug for the first time. For some people, these new temptations can be the influences that drive an otherwise healthy person toward a hazardous habit – an addiction.
While a growing collegiate recovery movement is supporting students in colleges across the country, campus recovery resources are still relatively limited, and students in recovery may face challenges that make it difficult for them to thrive.
"Through our extensive experience working with people struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, we know that recovery isn't a single time point – it takes years of support and reinforcement to live a healthy lifestyle," said Dr. Timothy Huckaby, medical director of Orlando Recovery Center. "ARS's Guide for Students in Recovery and partnership with UCF's CRC aren't just about treatment – we want to educate everyone who comes through one of our centers, and empower people in recovery everywhere, that they can fulfill their full educational potential and live happy and productive lives."
The UCF's CRC is an example of what a collegiate recovery can be. In addition to offering a dedicated space on campus with study rooms, the CRC provides a full continuum of care – from prevention, to intervention, through recovery – under the guidance of licensed health professionals and with the support of peers. As part of the CRC's partnership with ARS, this active community will now be an even greater resource for people in recovery of all ages, by supporting them through the application process to UCF and once they get to campus.
"When I started college, I never missed an opportunity to party. It took a couple of lost jobs and a DUI arrest before I realized that I didn't have my behaviors under control and needed to seek treatment," said Brett Watson, co-founder and activities coordinator at UCF's CRC and intake manager at Advanced Recovery Systems. "But seeking treatment wasn't so easy, because there were few resources available to me. After I worked on my recovery, I helped found UCF's CRC to build the support system that so many others and I needed. I'm proud of our partnership with ARS, which will help UCF to be a flagship collegiate recovery community."
To learn more about UCF's CRC, visit University of Central Florida CRC.
About Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS)
Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) is an integrated behavioral healthcare management company dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental health issues. ARS's network of treatment centers includes The Recovery Village (Umatilla, Florida); The Recovery Village Ridgefield (Ridgefield, WA); The Recovery Village Palmer Lake (Palmer Lake, CO); Next Generation Village (Sebring, Florida); Orlando Recovery Center (Orlando, Florida); and Next Step Village (Maitland, FL). Visit www.AdvancedRecoverySystems.com for more information.
DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). DrugRehab.com equips patients and families with the best information, resources, and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery. Learn more at www.DrugRehab.com.
About the University of Central Florida (UCF) Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)
The CRC is a network of students who share a common goal; it helps students sustain a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and create lasting friendships. The CRC sustains and nurtures a safe and authentic community by offering access to recovery resources and a fun, drug-free college experience. Visit https://shs.sdes.ucf.edu/crc for more information.
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