Collegiate Recovery Program

About the CRP                                       

The University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) provides an environment that supports the therapeutic and educational needs of Iowa students who are considering recovery, in recovery, or wanting to support those in any stage of recovery from addiction. The CRP facilitates support through community building, social support, academic support, substance-free activities, advocacy, outreach, and access to resources and services available on campus.

The CRP is inclusive of all Iowa students seeking to recover from addictive behaviors and values the personal dignity of each member.

The CRP is sponsored by a partnership between Student Wellness; University Counseling Service (UCS), Undergraduate Student Government (UISG); and Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Our Mission                                       

The mission of the University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is to provide a supportive network of services and educational opportunities for students at any level of recovery from substance use and addiction (e.g., in recovery, thinking about recovery, or supportive of recovery) so students can achieve academic and personal success, free from addiction.

The CRP is not an addiction treatment program.

The CRP aspires to become a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) offering recovery-based living and social space, events, and a like-minded community of peers. Students are supported by qualified, trained, and ethical professional staff.


Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers stands as a welcoming, inclusive organization that strives to promote social activities and events that are recovery friendly.

This group is not intended to discourage individuals from using drugs or alcohol but to provide students with fun alternatives.

If you have ever been affected by substance use or abuse, are in recovery, or looking to change your own substance use, this group is for you.

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Success, Not Excess: Making Changes in Substance Use  

This group provides a safe and supportive space for UI students wanting to make or considering changes in their alcohol or other drug use. The group emphasizes success in academics, relationships, mental and physical health, and other goals through abstaining or reducing alcohol and other drug use.

The group operates from a “no pressure” approach by encouraging discussion of shared experiences and achieving success on campus by removing the barriers created by substance use.

Is this group right for you?

The best way to know is to check it out, but answering yes to the following questions might indicate benefit from the group:

  1. Is my use interfering with my academic performance? My work performance? My relationships?
  2. Do I use for a “pick me up”? Out of boredom? Because I’m stressed? To fit in with others?
  3. Do I ever regret my actions after using? Blackout and not remember my actions? Get into fights after drinking/using? Get angry or embarrassed when others bring up my drinking/using?

In this group we will:

  • Learn alternative paths to have fun, socialize, and cope with stress outside of substance use.
  • Identify problems created by using and establish skills to avoid/prevent those problems.
  • Explore connections between our emotional experiences and our substance use.
  • Support each other as we work towards reducing harmful outcomes of excessive alcohol and other drug use and celebrate the successes that follow making changes.

This is not a treatment group and will not satisfy legal or other disciplinary mandates. This is a “drop-in” group with no attendance requirements. We ask students not attend the group under the influence. 

Thursdays at 5:30PM, #214 IMU during the academic year

SMART Recovery®

SMART Recovery® is an abstinence-based, not- for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self- destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying.

SMART Recovery® is not a spin-off from Alcoholics Anonymous. No one will label you an "alcoholic", an “addict” or “diseased” nor “powerless”, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that's fine, too. We teach common sense self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle. When you succeed at following our approach, you may graduate from the program, or you may stay around to help others.

Mondays at 9:30AM, #214 IMU during the academic year


Student Resources                                       

1. University of Iowa Student Wellness 

    • Online Resources ( How can you tell when you’ve had too much?  Student Wellness provides a variety of online services including online screening tools
    • Consultations: (  Student Wellness provides consultations on alcohol and other drug use. Confidential consultations are available with our substance abuse counselor or health educators for any questions or issues you may be experiencing. Costs: Self-referrals, are free. To make an appointment with our Substance Use Counselor (at the Westlawn location), call 319-335-8394 and ask for a self-referral appointment.

2. Smart Recovery (

    • SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
    • The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, its online message board and 24/7 chat room are forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support. If you’re new to SMART Recovery, get started with our introduction here.


3. Higher Education Center for Alcohol & Drug Misuse Prevention & Recovery (

    • It is the mission of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery to promote student success nationally by providing data-driven solutions to alcohol and drug misuse; lead the dialogue on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse and recovery in the national agenda; and ensure the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the center’s efforts.

 4. Iowa City Alcoholics Anonymous (, Cocaine Anonymous (, and Narcotics Anonymous (

    • Anonymous groups are a traditional form of support for individuals struggling with substance abuse. There are meetings worldwide and millions of people identify with belonging to a home group or benefiting from the 12 Steps of Recovery. Anonymous groups are traditionally a spot for individuals to find hope and courage they are not alone in dealing with addiction and is a place to build community and listen to others stories of recovery. 

5. Prelude Behavioral Services (

    • Prelude provides a safe place that promotes healing, treats people with dignity and respect, helps people find their own solutions and achieve their goals, and is with you throughout your recovery journey. Prelude offers a comprehensive approach utilizing evidence-based treatment to meet the needs of people struggling with substance abuse.

Parent & Family Resources                                       

At the University of Iowa, we recognize that recovery is a journey. We realize that there is a continuum for students identifying with an addiction, receiving treatment, being in recovery, and adjusting to sober life outside of a treatment program. The UI has formed the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) to support students at all stages of recovery.

The CRP is not a treatment facility. The CRP provides support for students who are actively pursuing recovery or want to be supportive of students in recovery. Through the CRP students can connect to other resources offered by the UI that are supportive to recovery and their academic journey.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education:  Letter to Parents (


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Karen Grajczyk or Heidi Schmitt