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For college-aged students, the stresses of end-of-semester projects, finals, and going home for winter break can be difficult. It can be especially distressing to students in recovery. To raise awareness around holiday parties, binge drinking, and how to make a gameplan with family, Michael interviews Dr. Jaime Garza at the University of Alabama, a powerhouse in the SEC athletic conference and in the world of collegiate recovery programs. Dr. Garza serves as the Coordinator of Collegiate Recovery and Intervention Services (CRIS) at the university and has worked in substance use disorder treatment since 2005. He has been heavily involved in the creation and development of several nationally-recognized collegiate recovery programs and, along with his team, has successfully made higher education accessible to individuals with personal life struggles.

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[3:53] An introduction to collegiate recovery programs (CRP). Jaime shares how he began working in the field.

[6:13] A brief history of collegiate recovery programs.

[9:56] Importance of students engaging in a CRP on campus, especially prior to the holidays.

[15:10] CRPs as on-campus, outpatient treatment programs and educational systems of preventative care and awareness.

[17:14] Binge drinking, holiday parties, and having a family game plan over winter break.

[24:08] How to address excessive drinking or drugging.

[26:50] How to find more information about Collegiate Recovery Programs. Also, the #1 thing to know when asking for information? It’s completely confidential and will not negatively affect you/your student’s academic career.

About the Author

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh currently serves as Director of Clinical Outreach for Landmark Recovery. Michael is a Certified Intervention Professional, holds a Master’s degree in counseling and works as a consultant and coach. With more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Michael has worked extensively with individuals and families and licensed professionals affected by complex issues. He is a current board member of the C4 Recovery Foundation and the past president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Michael has been an advocate for patient and families’ rights, has developed recovery programs at various levels of care, and influenced policy at national and international levels. He also is a sought-after speaker regarding behavioral health issues, treatment and recovery issues, and he advocates for change in the current systems of behavioral health, addiction, and mental health for individuals and families.

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