(WTNH)-Southern Connecticut State University has received a 3-year, $10,000 Seeds of Hope grant to develop a support program for students already in recovery from substance abuse disorders. The grant is from the non-profit organization, “Transforming Youth in Recovery.” Sarah Keiser, coordinator of alcohol and other drug services at SCSU, coordinates Southern’s alcohol and drug education and prevention programs and will be organizing this new support program. Keiser says there are many more students who have received recovery treatments from substance abuse in high school compared with 30 years ago. This is both positive and negative. It’s obviously disturbing to see so many high school students developing substance abuse problems in high school. At the same time, fewer students are letting the stigma of drug addiction stop them from getting the help they need.
Year 1: Identify the students in recovery and who need assistance. This will allow Southern to reach out to them and find out specifically what they need.
Year 2: Establish programs and means of support. Potential examples would be:
Year 3: Develop a plan to maintain programs after the funding ends.