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ATHENS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network will host a free event on April 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jean and Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Ballroom to raise awareness and celebrate the Association of Recovery in Higher Education’s National Collegiate Recovery Day.

This event is an opportunity for students to support collegiate recovery efforts on campus and receive a variety of resources and information from Concord University’s Collegiate Recovery Program. There will be resources from other organizations and information on assistance programs. Games and refreshments will be provided, as well as a grand prize drawing of a new TV for all students that attend.

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs); the faculty and staff who support them; and the students who represent them.

ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. National Collegiate Recovery Day helps to raise awareness of the importance of creating a supportive place for students in recovery within higher education.

“As a former university student that had to leave higher education due to a lack of support resources for my substance use disorder, I see how critical collegiate recovery programs are in the state of West Virginia and across the nation,” says Brandon Whitehouse, Peer Recovery Support Specialist at Concord University. “Collegiate recovery communities provide safe spaces for students in recovery, providing resources and helping build self-confidence for students that identify as having a substance use disorder. Without collegiate recovery programs these students would experience greater obstacles to achieving their educational goals.”

For more information on this event or collegiate recovery, contact Brandon Whitehouse at or 304-800-7945.

To learn more about The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), the West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network, or Concord University’s Collegiate Recovery Program, visit the links below:

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Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086
if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

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