Grant to Help Students Recover from Addictions

The College of Charleston has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Transforming Youth Recovery to assist students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.

seeds-of-hopeThe grant will provide the College with early-stage seed funding to engage in a capacity building approach aimed at identifying program and resource needs among students in recovery on campus. Christy Kollath-Cattano, assistant professor for public health, and the Women’s Health Research Team will be leading the formative research process, which will include a content analysis, student and expert interviews, and a photo voice initiative, to determine how to best support students in recovery.

The grant will also support creating an online map of community recovery assets intended to facilitate a nationwide network of resource sharing and collaboration among collegiate recovery practitioners, students and community members.

“We are looking forward to learning from other colleges and partnering with our community and campus allies,” said Jeri Cabot, dean of students at the College. “Our approach will include constructing an accompanying research project so we can better understand what interventions contribute to our students’ continuing success.”

In undertaking this project, the ultimate goal is to create a sustainable collegiate recovery program on campus that provides a safe, supportive, and fun environment for students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.