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There are many resources at UNCW for students in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, gambling addiction, and those affected by other people's addiction.On this page, you will find information about campus resources, CRC events, area 12 step meetings, and helpful links for those looking for treatment and wanting to know more about addiction.

Mission of the Collegiate Recovery Community at UNCW

Our mission is to provide a supportive community where students in all areas of recovery and in hopes of recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs.

The Collegiate Recovery Community provides:

  • A supportive community within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behaviors
  • Educational opportunities alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other
  • Accountability for students in recovery that comes from self, peers, and higher education staff
  • A normative college experience for students in recovery apart from the culture of drinking/use that is present on today's campuses
  • A comprehensive network, support services, and cohesive, vibrant community to students in recovery, in hopes of recovery, and those who support recovery.

What we can do

  • Provide a supportive, peer group for students in recovery
  • Connect students with resources on and off campus
  • Provide opportunities for personal growth and development
  • Support the unique challenges and struggles that students in recovery experience
  • Sponsor fun sober social activities both on and off campus
  • Provide meeting space for mutual support group meetings
  • Hold students accountable to their individual recovery plan
  • Challenge students to experience new activities both as individuals, as well as, part of a community
  • Build school spirit via sober UNCW traditions
  • Connect students with service work opportunities
  • Connect students with UNCW Alumni in Recovery for personal/professional mentorship
  • Provide opportunities for Leadership and Professional development
  • Help students find supportive housing

Get Connected at UNCW

CRC Seminar
Fall Dates TBD
Seminar is a chance to learn about topics that impact you as a student in recovery, connect with others and campus resources, and strengthen our community.

Happy Hour
Thursdays, 4-6pm, Sharky's Gameroom. Will resume August 18th
Yes, there is such thing as happy hour in sobriety! A great way to connect with other students in a friendly, social, sober environment. There's free food and games every week and different sponsors bring t-shirts, prizes, and more!

The Ripple Effect
Will resume in August
A peer support group for students who have been affected by addiction in their families and close relationships. For more info, contact Lauren at 910.962.4136.

SMART Recovery
Will resume in August
Please join us! No need to pre-register, walk-ins welcome. SMART Recovery is a support group for individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence, from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities). A SMART Recovery group lasts between 60-90 minutes, and provides time for individual support should a student wish to speak during the group. Group time is also dedicated to independently practicing specific skills using behavioral tools to help to cope with urges and cravings. This resource on campus is FREE and open to any interested UNCW students.

Seahawk Strength & Hope
Fall dates TBD
Come celebrate recovery with other CRCHawks and show why you support recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. There will be speakers, information, students in recovery to answer questions, coffee and cookies! Sponsored by CROSSROADS and UNCW's Collegiate Recovery Community.

Other ways to get connected:

  • Volunteer with CROSSROADS or come to a program! Details on our Events page or send an email to be added to our weekly email list.
  • Get involved with UNCWeekends, sponsoring fun, sober social events every weekend!
  • Join one of UNCW's over 220 Student Organizations!

Area Meetings

There are 12 step meetings every day in Wilmington; many are within walking distance of campus. If you would like to start an on campus meeting, please contact Aimee Hourigan at (910) 962-4136.


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Governor Pat McCrory declared Thursday, September 5, 2013 as Collegiate Recovery Community Day in the state of North Carolina. Members of UNCW's CRC participated in the signing, along with groups from UNC Charlotte, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke University.

UNCW CROSSROADS has received a grant from Transforming Youth Recovery to support development of a Collegiate Recovery Community, known on campus as CRC Hawks.

Treatment Information

If you would like a referral to a local inpatient or outpatient treatment program, please check the local phone book or consult SAMSHA's Treatment Finder service. UNCW does NOT endorse any local treatment program over another.

Links for Recovering Students: