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Center for Students in Recovery

Why Support CSR?

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR) at The University of Texas at Austin is a safe place, supportive community and bridge to academic and recovery-related resources for students in recovery or in hope of recovery from addiction. Students at any stage of their recovery journey are welcome, and there are no barriers to entry. While CSR has tremendous support from both UT Austin and the UT System, we rely on donors like you to keep this life-changing and life-saving resource open. In fact our only permanent funds come from community supporters. Help ensure that the life-saving and life-changing work we do at CSR can continue by making a gift today.

Learn more about CSR through our newsletters, read about us In the News or selected Student Stories, Contact Us or attend a meeting or event.

How CSR Works:

CSR's activities are founded on the principle of peer-to-peer recovery support: the successful1–3 practice of connecting individuals in recovery to support one another outside of a clinical setting. Peer support relies on several key components, which include working a program of recovery, social engagement and service.

Working a program:

Social Engagement:

Service Opportunities:
  • Service opportunities organized by CSR staff include: mentoring high school students in recovery at "University High School; speaking to high school, college, and professional groups on and off campus; and speaking to and visiting with clients at in- and out-patient treatment centers throughout the greater Austin area.

CSR combines this tri-fold approach to recovery support with academic support.

Students have access to a dedicated study room during the school day and CSR's staff members maintain informed referrals of on- and off-campus resources to support student success. CSR also provides educational and enrichment opportunities in the form of invited speakers and professional development opportunities for students, including Peer Recovery Support Specialist training and attendance at national recovery-related conferences and events. These opportunities encourage our students to think of themselves no longer as social pariahs and outsiders, but as vital, contributing members of society.

CSR's open-door policy and commitment to meeting students wherever they are in their recovery journeys has been the attracting force for students in recovery seeking to gain admission at UT Austin and has saved students from relapse or attrition. Help us ensure that CSR will be there for future generations of Longhorns by making a gift today.


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  2. Kelly, J. F., Dow, S. J., Yeterian, J. D. & Kahler, C. W. Can 12-step group participation strengthen and extend the benefits of adolescent addiction treatment? A prospective analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 110, 117–125 (2010).

  3. Kelly, J. F., Stout, R. L. & Slaymaker, V. Emerging adults' treatment outcomes in relation to 12-step mutual-help attendance and active involvement. Drug Alcohol Depend. 129, 151–157 (2013).

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