Plans are underway to add the TAI public awareness and educational components to the Brenau University curriculum. “It’s essential that we inform and equip our students with the tools to challenge the staggering statistics facing young adults,” said Tami English Brenau’s Director of Resident Life. When Dallas Gay thanked Brenau President Ed Schrader, Ph.D, for supporting the campaign and efforts to reach the higher education demographic, Schrader replied, “It’s not support. It’s the right thing to do.”
Teresa W. Johnston, M.A., LPC, KSU Director for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery said, “College life doesn’t have to be about drinking and partying. It is about readiness, motivation and commitment. Kennesaw State University is proud to offer hope to those students who are in recovery or seeking help. The Collegiate Recovery Community lets them know they are not alone.” Initial plans are underway to design educational opportunities to the staff and students, as well as placing a drop box on campus for safe disposal of unused and expired medication.
“Those recovering from addictions face another challenge when they go to college. The recovering student wants to keep their addiction private. Temptations abound. When a new friend suggests going out to a party, the recovering student may feel excluded. Even adult learners in recovery face a daily struggle connecting socially on the college campus.”
“The Center for Young Adult and Addiction Recovery (CYAAR) connects the ongoing work at Kennesaw State in addiction prevention, education, intervention and recovery. It reaches out to all KSU student, the off campus community, as well as the national collegiate community. The CYAAR’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) provides effective ongoing support to recovering students by providing a unique peer-to-peer recovery community, 12-Step Programs and individual academic advisement.”