Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Victor Manzon

Second Advisor

Dennis Simpson


The goal of this thesis is to provide a comprehensive overview of collegiate recovery communities (CRCs) and collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) across the U.S for high risk students that suffer from alcohol and drug abuse. After finding the effectiveness of these programs and assessing the students’ needs in college, this research makes a recommendation for Western Michigan University to create a collegiate recovery program. A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a college or university that provides a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use (ARHE, 2019). This paper will discuss the federal reports on college drinking, the academic, social, and physical challenges students face in college released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and also data regarding alcohol and drug use or possession, and sexual, physical, and verbal misconduct from the Office of Student Conduct at Western Michigan University. Lastly, this paper will provide an analysis on the public health issues on the culture of college drinking and the ongoing interventions for students with alcohol use disorders and the intent to reduce college drinking through research, support, and knowledge.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access