University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program

University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program

October 11, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


I was just in a really dark place
and I had no idea how I would ever get out of it.
My relationship with friends and parents was severely damaged and
I was just pretty miserable. I was active in my addiction in college
and I was addicted before I got into college. That it’s everywhere, you know
you walked up and down the campus and people are out with their red cups partying,
and it just seems normal. I know when I get in a bad spot,
you know, sometimes that party right down the road
it just doesn’t seem like too bad of an idea. There wasn’t any sort of resource at all
for people who were in recovery. Students shouldn’t have to sacrifice
school for recovery or recovery for school. My name is Matt Statman,
I’m the Collegiate Recovery Program manager. My office is located on the fourth floor of
University Health Service, room 4150. What we’re doing is creating a space where
students in recovery can feel safe and comfortable at the University of Michigan.
We do that by facilitating peer support, and by creating a space where
they feel welcomed and valued and where they can come talk about
what’s going on with them, with each other, with staff,
and also where they can just have a good time. The group is made up of many people
who are in recovery for many different things: recovery from drugs, alcohol, food addictions,
all of that. It’s hard getting sober.
It’s not easy. That’s why it’s necessary to have
a supportive community. CRP was helpful for me to be able to
talk to people and support and be supported by people who were sharing my same struggle.
You can learn a lot from hearing different ways of managing,
balancing your life, especially being in school at U of M.
Anything that I really need I can come here first
and kind of talk it over with a director and have them help me get connected with
other amazing programs that are at U of M too.
You know, the activities and the things we do
and having fun is… I know for me it’s extremely important.
We do a lot of fun activities like we play kickball,
rented out Yost Ice Arena and went ice skating. My favorite activity that we’ve done
is the canoeing trip. It was amazing just seeing this scenic part
of Ann Arbor. Also with the activities,
we also do some service type project, where we can go out and garden for a local
facility, or go to the Humane Society.
I just really get to be myself to my full capability
and before I couldn’t do that. I’ve learned that I don’t need drugs or alcohol
to have fun on a college campus. I just hope CRP continues to grow,
gain new members and help other people in recovery
or are trying to get into recovery because this is a great program.
How many could really benefit from this? Hopefully, this can get out to as many people
as possible and for the ones who want to do something
like this, it’s here for them.
Really spreading the word about addiction because it is a life or death situation.
Just like all these people coming together to help build this program
for students, it’s so cool. I’ve never suffered the same way that I used
to ever since I’ve gotten sober.