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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:

  • CSR provides a dedicated space for meetings and sponsorship, access to a library of recovery literature and knowledgeable staff to support student progress.
  • CSR maintains an up-to-date network of recovery-support resources both on and off campus so that students can find the professional and peer support they need.

Social Engagement:

  • Students socialize before and after support group meetings (also known as fellowship) and while utilizing CSR as a drop-in spot for studying or hanging out.
  • Social engagement events planned by CSR staff include a CSR Camping Trip, Sober SXSW Outing, Sober Tailgate, Game Night, Obstacle Course and Glow Bowl.
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.


  1. Humphreys, K. & Moos, R. H. Encouraging posttreatment self-help group involvement to reduce demand for continuing care services: two-year clinical and utilization outcomes. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res. 31, 64–68 (2007).

  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).

Make a difference in the lives of students in recovery:


donate to CSR

  • Become a Champion of CSR – Pledge $100 month for 12 months (a gift of $1,200 total) and receive a personal note from a student in recovery.
  • Become a Sustainer of CSR – Pledge $10,000 each year for a 5-year period and become a permanent part of the CSR space on our donor wall.
  • Room naming – Honor a loved one by establishing a room naming endowment. Please contact the CSR Director to inquire about giving levels.
  • Establish an endowment – Endowed funds are the best way to ensure that CSR can operate in perpetuity. Please contact the CSR Director to learn more.

We are deeply grateful to our supporters:

Endowment Donors:
  • The Cullen Trust for Higher Education
  • Carol W. Farnsworth & James W. Farnsworth
  • Dawn & Greg Crouch

  • Donna Stockton-Hicks
  • Steve Hicks

  • Lynn, Max, and Gene Alice Sherman

Corporate and Foundation Partners:

  • The Cullen Foundation
  • Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation
  • The Stacie Mathewson Foundation

  • The John M. O'Quinn Foundation

  • Dian Graves Owen Foundation
  • The Cain Foundation grant to renovate Belmont Hall

CSR Scholarships:

  • La Hacienda Treatment Center
  • The Trull Foundation
  • The Grahovac Family
  • Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation

Sustainers Council:

  • The Arbor

  • Caron Texas

  • Dawn & Greg Crouch
  • Steve Hicks

  • John Knox Jr.
  • Origins Recovery Centers
  • The Arbor
  • Bobby Stillwell
  • Terrell & Myles Sherman
  • Murry Bowden
  • Harry Lucas
  • Red McCombs
  • The FIRST Fund
With Lynn, Max and Gene Alice Sherman
  • Anonymous Donor: In honor of moms everywhere who have worried about their alcoholic children.

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