Collegiate Recovery

Recovery Support On Campus

Collegiate Recovery Program

GW is building a Collegiate Recovery Program to support our growing Collegiate Recovery community. We support all pathways to recovery and define recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential. We support students in recovery from any mental health disorder, including substance use disorders, self-harm, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and more.

Since receiving a $10,000 grant from Transforming Youth Recovery to assist in developing a Collegiate Recovery Program, GW hired a Graduate Fellow and secured a space for students on campus to hold meetings and spend time together. We also have a recovery support counseling group facilitated by our Colonial Health Center staff.

We continue to develop our program to increase the resources and support for students in recovery on our campus. If you are interested in supporting these efforts please let us know! We are actively fundraising to develop and expand our recovery program and support our students. Please feel free to contact us at to learn more!

Students for Recovery

Students for Recovery (SFR) is GW's student run recovery group on campus. Founded in February 2012, the student group includes several weekly peer-to-peer support group meetings, regular fellowship, and recovery-oriented events. Anyone who is in recovery, supports recovery, or wants to know more about recovery is welcome. While the majority of the students are recovering from substance abuse, SFR does not place any limits on the recovering person. The group has had members dealing with eating disorders and mental health problems, as well as recovering from various other life issues as well.

SFR supports all pathways to recovery and defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. The mission of the group is to help each other stay clean and sober while indirectly educating the community about the struggles of balancing recovery and college life. The group meets weekly and often engages in off-campus social activities such as attending 12-step meetings, grabbing a bite to eat, and enjoying all that D.C. has to offer without using.

SFR has been recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, recovery-based online platforms, and several articles in the GW Hatchet and GW Today. In 2016, the students won Student Organization of the Year at GW’s Excellence in Student Life Awards.

To connect with the group and learn more, please email them directly at Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and their website