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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

Area Meetings

There are 12 step meetings every day in Wilmington; many are within walking distance of campus.


Worried about relapse? Here are some warning signs.

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: