Caron Treatment Centers and Lebanon Valley College Establish Collegiate Recovery House

A look at the campus of Lebanon Valley College

Caron Treatment Centers, a leading and nationally recognized not-for-profit provider of addiction treatment and behavioral health services, and Lebanon Valley College (LVC) today announced a partnership through which students recovering from a substance use disorder will complete their undergraduate education at LVC while living on campus. Starting in August, up to six students will participate in the sober-living Collegiate Recovery House while enrolled as full-time, residential students.

"We are in the midst of an addiction epidemic in America that has impacted an entire generation of young people. On a promising note, many young adults receive treatment at Caron and recover from addiction. However, it's essential to have ongoing strategies in place to support their recovery once they leave treatment," said Luke Stopper, clinical director, Young Men's Services at Caron. "Our partnership with Lebanon Valley College is a critical part of that solution-providing a safe way on a college campus for students in recovery to achieve their hopes and dreams."

Caron will support the students through its College Success Model in coordination with LVC. The Collegiate Recovery House will be open 52 weeks a year. LVC offers a personalized model of support to help all students succeed and, as a result, boasts a four-year graduation rate in the top 10 percent of all colleges and universities in the United States.

"Each of our students wants a degree that leads to a great job and a great life," said Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, president of LVC. "We have the right tools in place to help young people succeed in academics and have a fulfilling undergraduate experience. Caron and LVC are moving on parallel tracks as we work to transform lives, and we welcome these students to our campus."

Read more Dr. Thayne in this op-ed.

According to Caron Treatment Centers, young adults returning to their home environment is not always a good option when beginning their recovery journey. Having a campus residence that is open all year provides structure and accountability that is important in early recovery. Students will have a curfew, be required to attend 12-step meetings and counseling, complete chore assignments, and maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Students are also required to complete weekly alcohol and drug tests. If a student relapses, there is a relapse protocol in place. Each admission application will receive individualized attention with the understanding that academic history prior to treatment may not reflect a student's potential to achieve academic success post-treatment. LVC's collegiate recovery community is part of a growing, nationwide movement to provide students in recovery access to safe and supportive campus communities. There are now more than 50 programs at colleges and universities across the nation designed to assist students in recovery with their educational goals. In fact, Lisa Laitman, director of the Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) at Rutgers University in New Jersey, a pioneer in developing collegiate recovery communities, told the Chicago Tribune in 2017 that as many as 30 percent of college students were struggling with substance use disorders. In addition, the 2016 study by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 1.2 million full-time college students drink alcohol, and more than 700,000 use marijuana on an average day.

 

About Caron Treatment Centers
With 60 years in the field, Caron Treatment Centers operates lifesaving addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment. Caron is headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania with Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Caron has Recovery Centers in New England, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., which offer community and recovery support. Caron's Recovery Centers in Atlanta and New York City also offer pre- and post-treatment services. Caron has the most extensive continuum of care including teens, and adults, chronic pain, executives, healthcare professionals and legal professionals. Caron's outcomes-driven treatment care plans are customized to meet the needs of individuals and families–with highly trained teams prepared to address co-occurring disorders. Caron offers an innovative approach to ongoing recovery care support for its former patients and their families with online peer groups and other resources during the first year of transition following discharge. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow them on Twitter @CaronTreatment.