CRP at a Glimpse
This week, I wanted to write about something near and dear to my heart - The Collegiate Recovery Program as a whole and some of the things that we’re doing this year and the services we offer.
1. Sober Tailgating
Every fall, some staff and CRP students tailgate with the rest of UNT out by Apogee and we typically hand out waters, Gatorade, and some type of food. We have seating under a tent where students have an area to hide from the sun and enjoy a sober, substance use-free environment!
2. Art Benefit Gala
For the first time ever we’re putting together an Art Gala where the proceeds directly benefit the CRP. Students/artists around Denton submit artwork and we’ll have a silent auction for people to bid on throughout the night! The theme of the Art Gala, which will be on April 22nd, is ‘RECOVERY’.
3. Weekly Meetings
Monday-Friday every week (as long as the university is open) we have meetings from 5-6PM that are open to the community! All of these meetings are recovery based and a few of them are about Holistic Wellness, Creative Arts, Recovery Principles, and Take the Mirror Back! Our full meeting schedule with descriptions can be found here at http://recovery.unt.edu/recovery-meetings-campus
4. Serenity Room
Not many students know about our gorgeous Serenity Room. It’s a physical room in our office/center that students have access to during business hours, or as long as a staff member is there. This room can be used for studying, napping, or really just calming down. This room is special because it’s specifically designed for students who are on the autism spectrum, and has a very relaxing effect with its sky blue walls, huge stuffed teddy bear to cuddle with, and all of the pillows a human being could ask for! (Located through Chilton 134!)
5. Peer Support Community
My personal favorite part of the CRP is the peer support community that comes with hanging around the center and attending meetings. Every. Single. Person. That you see after walking into the office is going to ask you how you’re doing, what your name is, and a little bit about yourself. It takes one or two trips to make a good friend that will always be there for you whether it be to talk about a rough day, to get dinner because you want someone to eat with, or go to the movies because you just really need to see Star Wars again. I can’t stress enough just how amazing these people I’m surrounded by every day are, and I only hope you make your way over here to personally find out yourself.