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Treatment & Recovery

Provide Tailored Support and Increase Quality and Availability of Care

SAFE Project’s Treatment and Recovery Line of Operation provides resources, consultation, and programming to strengthen and advance community efforts to effectively respond to substance use challenges.

Specifically, the Treatment and Recovery Line conducts and coordinates trainings and events, and seeks to educate on substance use disorders and treatment and recovery best practices. Our forward-focused objectives are to:

  1. Provide education on substance use disorder and best practices for treatment and recovery services
  2. Support and advance effective treatment and recovery efforts
  3. Advocate for improvements in treatment and recovery systems and services
  4. Provide resources on effective and innovative treatment and recovery support practices
  5. Unify communities to strengthen treatment and recovery efforts

By the Numbers:

  • There are roughly 25-million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. (“Facing Addiction in American, US Surgeon General, 2016)
  • Research on alcohol, drug use, and addiction, has led to one clear conclusion: Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a chronic but treatable brain disease that requires medical intervention, NOT moral judgment. (“Facing Addiction in America, US Surgeon General, 2016)
  • Women may be more likely to take prescription opioids without a prescription to cope with pain, even when men and women report similar pain levels. Research also suggests that women are more likely to misuse prescription opioids to self-treat for other problems such as anxiety or tension. (NIDA, Substance Use in Women, 2018)
  • Daily marijuana use is its highest level since the early 1980s for young adults, with 4.9 percent of college students and 12.8 percent of non-college peers reporting daily use. (NIDA, 2016, “Monitoring the Future”)


SAFE Campuses

SAFE Campuses was designed to create and strengthen efforts to ensure that collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) or other adequate recovery support services are present on every college campus nationwide. The program provides college students with the tools and support they need to succeed in the lifelong journey of addiction recovery. It also provides collegiate institutions with the knowledge and solutions necessary to effectively support students who are in or seeking recovery from substance use disorder. SAFE Campuses promotes healthy living and empowers college students in recovery to be positive leaders on campus and in life.

Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academies are one program within SAFE Campuses.  In collaboration with the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), S.A.F.E. Project is hosting a Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy in the 2018-2019 academic year. Students who were accepted into The Academy are completing a year long (October-June) recovery-related project on their campus or community with the guidance of a mentor who has expertise in substance use disorder recovery. Accepted students also attended a weekend Leadership Summit in their region.  The Academy will provide students with the information needed to create and strengthen efforts on their campuses and train them to be effective servant leaders.