This September we’re opening a peer-driven addictions recovery service on Concordia’s downtown campus!
The Recovery and Wellness Community Centre (RAWCC) will be run in a small, private space on campus 2-4 days a week, and guided by values of empowerment, autonomy, non-judgement, and intersectionality. Our service seeks to provide a supportive space for students in recovery to pursue wellness and build community. It will be created and sustained by participants, and as responsive to their needs as possible.
The RAWCC will provide various peer support discussion groups for people living with addictions, as well as community and skill-building workshops. Our program will also connect students to resources, host occasional social events, and encourage peer mentorship and leadership opportunities for students using the service.
We’ll spend this summer preparing the service, and look forward to collaborating with students and various partners throughout the year to create a vibrant space. If you have any questions feel free to contact Academic and Advocacy Coordinator.
This project began in May 2018 when Michele Sandiford, the 2018-2019 Student Life Coordinator and a student in recovery, committed herself to developing services for students living with addiction. Initial work involved researching various campus models of addiction support. Sandiford also attended conferences and meetings on related issues, and held events related to substance use and addiction throughout the year to encourage community conversations.
In January 2019, a Task Force for Students in Recovery was created in order to receive feedback from Concordia students directly affected by addiction. The Task Force met regularly and played a critical role in developing the peer-driven service model, largely based on Collegiate Recovery Programs/Communities. The CSU Academic Researcher produced a report with a wealth of information on campus drug/alcohol use as well as peer recovery models.
The CSU Council of Representatives has acknowledged that Concordia University lacks services that respond directly to the needs of students living with addiction. In March 2019, Council passed a position mandating the CSU to support students living with addiction and on April 10th, a peer-driven model was approved to be operational by September 2019.
Read more about our efforts to address addiction in the Concordia community:
The Link — Bringing Addiction to the Forefront of Campus Conversations
The Link — CSU Forms Students in Recovery Task Force
The Link — Concordia Needs to Play a Stronger Role in Aiding Students With Addictions
The Concordian — CSU Starts Addiction Task Force