Welcome to the Collegiate Recovery Community

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Mission Statement

GW is proud to host a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to support students in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders, and/or other process addictions.  We support all pathways to recovery and define recovery as a lifelong commitment to pursuing optimal health and well-being. Our hope is that the CRC will provide a supportive community to help you navigate recovery, thrive in your environment, and strive to be the best versions of yourselves, while pursuing your academic, professional, and personal goals.


To create a collegiate environment where students who are in recovery from a substance use/addiction disorder, mental illness, or dual diagnosis can achieve their goals and live to their full potential.

What are the benefits of being a CRC member? 

You will: 

  • Be part of a strong, healthy, connected, and supportive peer community
  • Have 7-day/week access to the CRC Serenity Shack
  • Have the opportunity to attend member special events, outings, etc.
  • Have leadership and professional development opportunities
  • First-years will have priority at our substance-free housing, starting Fall 2019

The CRC Serenity Shack

The CRC has designated a space on campus called the "Serenity Shack." It is a place for students to gather, relax, support each other, and study. In addition to informal uses, the CRC members use the space for organized weekly meetings and events. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education notes: "dedicated space communicates pride and belief in the value of the recovering identity. It additionally promotes taking ownership and responsibility for the space, the identity and the legacy of being in recovery in college." 

How do I become a member of the CRC?

Membership in the CRC is open to all GW students who are actively pursuing recovery. We ask that students:

  • Fill out an interest form
  • Participate in a recovery program of their choice
  • Sign a commitment agreement
  • Have individual check-ins with CRC staff members
  • Attend weekly CRC check-ins

Contact Us
If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact us at [email protected].