Individuals suffering from addictive behaviors at JSU will be comforted by an organization known as Collegiate Recovery Committee.

The foundation, which lends support in uplifting individuals who have additionally suffered from consumption abuse of drugs, alcohol, among other issues, tries to voice awareness to students to be mindful of their health when living the college experience.

During a hearing on April 7, attendees of the organization spoke of their involvement with CRC.

Fellow member and returning JSU student, Dee, noted that her first attendance at CRC originated as a referral from a vocational rehabilitation center to seek support in handling addictions pertaining to drug use.

When touching upon the requirements in enrolling at CRC, Dee recollected that those “new” to the program have to enter a six-month progress of “soberness” to be fully recognized; yet they are encouraged to attend meetings to get a further sense of how the foundation functions.

Among other attendees included Rosie, who detailed a marijuana-smoking habit that dated as early as her junior high school years. The recovering addict cited the problem as a result from family history of mental issues and addictive behavior.

Only in the past six months has Rosie been on a steady stride to remain drug-free, and nonetheless she is confident that CRC will help her get through the challenges.

Rosie’s story echoes similar measures with other fellow attendees like Forbes and Courtney, who both noted their family history of alcoholism. Courtney further explained that her family history played a role in her addiction, citing it as “genetic,” and further noting alcoholism as a contributing factor in the death of family members like her grandfather.

Forbes, a survivor of alcohol addiction, received insight from loved ones that drinking “is in her blood.” Family history of alcohol abuse stemming from uncles and aunts only heightened Forbes’ addiction; however, in recent times, she has maintained on-and-off progress of easing away from the addictive habit.

Board-member and advisor of the CRC

Len McCauley also disclosed personal battle with drinking.

Happily declaring a month’s worth of anti-drinking progress, McCauley shared that CRC will help break down the stigma of those being branded as an “addict,” and openly noted that “there’s many, many students on campus that are recovering, but they are not ready to put their foot forward in an organization [like CRC].”

Rosie quickly noted that there may be fear within students that feel that the addiction might chase them after school; placing them at risk of failing in life, in regards to business interviews and workforce employment.

When asked on the matters surrounding those who believe that “addiction will never happen to me,” board members and attendees collectively stated that it will prevalently happen, regardless of current state of health.

“If you put the family history, the individual history and the current usage together, you got a good predictor that yes it can happen,” stated McCauley.

Age group, as noted by the attendees, also plays a vital role in the naïve thought process of students, especially freshmen, that believe that they are “vulnerable” to addictions.

As noted by attendee Billy, who declared his twelve-year soberness from alcohol, there is hope that an organization like CRC will clear up any further generic misconceptions surrounding support in healing those suffering from addictive behavior.

“Why should somebody have to wait to be arrested to learn about recovery,” stated Billy, “why not break the stigma [to] say recovery is available; you don’t have to wait for a prison sentence or death, here we are with support and recovery. Let’s do something about the problem.”

For interest in being part of the organization visit Jacksonville State University’s Counseling Services.

Jefferson Varner IV
Staff Writer

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