UMD Recovery Community
The University of Maryland is steadfast in advancing collegiate substance-use education, intervention, and programs; and in eliminating stigma associated with addiction. We challenge the broad stereotype that all college students use and abuse substances.
We cultivate a campus-wide community of support and belonging so all students- including those in, or in need of, addiction recovery- can create their unique college experience and succeed in pursuing their education.
We help students navigate sobriety, substance use, addiction, or recovery. We support them as they shape a college environment where abstinence from substance use is not just accepted, it is commonplace.
We foster an environment that is supportive of abstinence and sobriety by educating students (and parents/families, alumni, and the campus community) about substance use, shaping healthy norms, promoting harm reduction, teaching about options, and sharing strategies if problems arise. We show respect and advocate for those who are struggling with substance use.
We believe all UMD students have a rightful place on campus and deserve the ability to fully engage in their Terrapin college experience. This belief brings together an active coalition of students, faculty, and staff to support a thriving recovery community for students who have experienced addiction. We also collaborate with national experts such as The Haven at College and the Association of Recovery in Higher
Education. Together, our programs, services, and partnerships drive positive change.
We offer a multifaceted approach to students in, or in need of, recovery through a core set of programs, services, and partnerships:
1. The Substance Use, Intervention, and Treatment (SUIT) program housed in the University Health Center provides specialized assessment, counseling, treatment, referral services, talk therapy, and psychoeducational responses to accidental overdose incidents.
2. Terps for Recovery, a student organization which facilitates peer support, is advised by trained University Health Center staff and provided with essential meeting spaces.
3. The University Health Center and the University Memorial Chapel provide spaces for independent “12-Step” meetings which provide anonymous support to students and help to build community.
4. The Counseling Center provides assessment around co-occurring issues impacted by substance abuse.
5. The Department of Resident Life provides substance-free housing options for students who commit not to bring substances into the living space.
6. The Office of Parent and Family Affairs provides resources and support for parents and families who have students struggling with addiction and facilitates fundraising by parents for recovery programs and services.
7. The Division of Student Affairs Office of Development and External Relations administers financial mechanisms to manage financial support and scholarships for students in recovery.
8. The Office of Student Conduct and the Department of Resident Life use educational interventions in disciplinary cases involving chronic substance misuse.
9. Terps After Dark, an annual 6-week program of evening events, promotes behavior within a safer norm by providing alternatives to drinking and substance use socializing.
10. Membership in Association of Recovery in Higher Education allows UMD the opportunity to understand national best practices, network with experts, and promote its recovery community.
11. Partnership with The Haven at College supports an Outpatient Center and Recovery Residence in College Park. The Outpatient Center offers students in recovery a substance-free socializing space along with clinical support, therapy, counseling, and testing. The Recovery Residence offers students in recovery with a structured, engaging, and vibrant housing option.