Nash Community College has been awarded a grant from Transforming Youth Recovery, an organization committed to creating a cultural shift in how substance use, addiction, and recovery for youth are addressed, and the elimination of the stigma this brings to those with substance use disorders. The $3,000 will be used over three years to broaden the scope of the College’s existing Collegiate Recovery Program, and to increase awareness and engagement. NCC is the only North Carolina community college to offer a Collegiate Recovery Program with clinical campus services for students struggling with addiction issues.
The NCC Collegiate Recovery Program was created in 2014 to provide students in recovery the option to participate in a weekly closed group using an unaffiliated 12-step format, and/or receive weekly individual therapy in the Student Wellness Center. NCC’s Collegiate Recovery Program defines recovery as a lifelong healing process from substance use toward wellness, and recognizes the value of both abstinence and harm reduction models. The program is inclusive and provides peer accountability. The combination of the trauma-informed clinical and social support are an integral part of student success. The College partners with multiple organizations including the Nashville Police Department, Twin County Prevention Coalition, Coalition for Addiction & Recovery (CARE), the Nash Edgecombe Family Justice Center and others.
In addition to the Recovery Program, NCC’s Student Wellness Center provides services and resources to help students address barriers. Services offered include: crisis intervention, personal counseling, psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, recovery support, veteran support, support groups, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and referral services. The purpose of the NCC Student Wellness Center is to empower the whole student with personal, social, and community resources for self-development and personal enrichment, thereby enhancing academic success and retention through improved student wellness.
The grant will allow NCC to expand program membership and to develop additional sober events, raising awareness and support for students in recovery.