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Recovery to Inspire, Share and Empower

Where respect for Recovery Flourishes

R.I.S.E. is the official collegiate recovery community of Ohio University.

R.I.S.E. meets every Friday from 3-4 pm in Baker 321. Meetings are open to all students, faculty, and staff at Ohio University.

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Shelby's Personal Journey

The Ohio University Collegiate Recovery Community (RISE) saved my life. My name is Shelby, I’m 23, and my sobriety date is August 2, 2013. I grew up in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio called Upper Arlington. It is a classic cookie cutter neighborhood where life is assumed to be perfect. From the outside looking in I would be the last person you would ever think to have a drug and alcohol problem. 

I started doing drugs and drinking when I was fifteen. My addiction got so bad that I wound up in the worst areas of downtown Columbus. I became accustomed to the lifestyle. At our party house my friends and I decided to sleep in the living room on the first floor underneath the window, instead of on the second floor in the bedroom because we were less likely to get hit by a bullet. I rationalized that everything was okay.

I began college at Ohio University in September of 2010. Things did not change and I quickly found the same crowd that used just as much as me. I was still making trips to Columbus because the drugs were cheap. The habit was expensive and I needed substances every day. There are many situations I’ve faced where I’ve cheated death. 

The summer of 2013 before I was to begin my senior year of college, I had, had enough. I was physically and mentally drained. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I didn’t know how to live. I couldn’t stop using and it was killing me.

After coming back to Athens from a night of partying in Columbus, I knew I was broken. I couldn’t take it anymore. The next day I went to counseling at OU. I was referred to the Collegiate Recovery Community.  My journey in recovery had begun.

Since then I was accepted to graduate school and will be getting my master’s in higher education. I have an assistantship with the CRC and have been able to be involved in helping other students.  We tabled at the Involvement Fair and were able to spread our love of music to get people excited about recovery. Next, one of our members hosted a sober early morning rave on top of the Athens parking garage. By the time I had gotten there it was shut down, indicating a lot of fun was had! We were also able to host a sober tailgate for homecoming, which was a major success! On top of that I am enjoying life to the fullest!

I am truly grateful for everyone that has helped me in my recovery. I never thought I would have this opportunity to give back in such a huge way. I am looking forward to what the future holds. I see big and bright things! I will continue to RISE because I REFUSE to fall.



2016 R.I.S.E. Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to R.I.S.E. member, Ryan Dunham, who was recently awarded a $500 scholarship for spring semester 2016. The scholarship was made possible through a grant from Transforming Youth in Recovery. Ryan has been involved with the recovery community since April 2015, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership, academics, his personal recovery, and the R.I.S.E. community. Click below to watch Ryan’s interview on recovery.



History of Ohio University's Collegiate Recovery Community

In January 2010, the Recovery Community Committee was assembled and charged with the following: Examine the potential for offering recovery services to further promote student health and wellness at Ohio University. The committee met through June 2010 completing a needs assessment for recovery services, an extensive review of best practices in the nation and an assessment of support services Ohio University has in place for students in recovery. Based on the findings, a multi-disciplinary approach was implemented to provide a safe and inclusive community in which students can achieve holistic personal development and wellness during their recovery. 



Mission Statement of R.I.S.E.

To provide support for students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, as well as creating an exciting sober environment for students on Ohio University’s campus. R.I.S.E will utilize the abundant resources from the university and Athens community to engage students with joy and fellowship. This will foster a safe place for students to learn, grow and to discover themselves at Ohio University.

  • Nature
  • Learning
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Well-Being
  • Community




R.I.S.E. is for Ohio University students who are in recovery from alcohol, drug and other addictions. Membership into the community is open to students in recovery or students looking for a sober environment. Resources and referrals are available for students seeking recovery or are affected by the recovery and/or substance use of a friend or family member. R.I.S.E provides a variety of supports for OU students both academically and socially.


Students who want to live a sober lifestyle often have a difficult time connecting with other students. R.I.S.E. was developed to provide a safe and fun community where students can meet others and make new friends. R.I.S.E. has a designated space where students can drop in between classes, study, attend meetings, watch television or just hang out with friends.


Students in recovery choose to live sober lifestyles that challenge the perceived norms of alcohol and substance use on campus. R.I.S.E. provides opportunities for students to engage outside of the classroom, attend support meetings, focus on academic success, attend sober social activities, give back to their community and grow holistically in body, spirit and mind.


Students in recovery are not defined by their past but have the opportunity to celebrate each day of their sobriety. R.I.S.E. acknowledges that there are many roads to recovery and supports students in their personal journey to find acceptance, support, happiness, peace, success and commitment to their well-being. Connecting and engaging with others through R.I.S.E. allows students in recovery to thrive!



R.I.S.E. Support Meetings

Open support meetings for members of R.I.S.E. are held weekly during fall and spring semesters. Meetings involve opportunities for students to share their struggles and successes and participate in activities structured to supplement their recovery efforts.


How Can I Get Involved With R.I.S.E.?

Contact Ann Addington at addingto@ohio.edu or call 740-593-4749.



On-Campus Resources


If you are thinking of attending Ohio University then this is the place to start! This page hosts the application for admission as well as general information you may need to know. If you have a criminal record consisting of felonies, please see below.


Legal Affairs

If you have a criminal record and are planning to apply to Ohio University, then you must first fill out paperwork with Legal Affairs. Just call the Legal Affairs office and ask for them to mail you the packet that needs to be filled out. After you complete the packet, mail it back to the Office of Legal Affairs, and they will send you a letter in the mail when you can continue your application process.


Housing and Residence Life

This link will be helpful if you are looking for more information about housing on-campus or if you need to submit paperwork to waive living on campus. There is also information on off-campus living.


Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is a great resource for assistance with the FAFSA forms as well as information on scholarships available on campus. This is also a useful resource to get more information on how convictions for drug-related crimes affect your financial aid (this includes possession, intent to distribute, paraphernalia, etc.).


Counseling and Psychological Services

Hudson Health Center houses the Counseling and Psychological Services on campus which could be a useful resource for students wishing to continue counseling care while in school. They offer individual as well as group counseling sessions with appointments and walk-in hours available.


Campus Involvement Center

Looking to make the most of your college experience? Then get involved with the campus community! The CIC offers numerous ways to get involved on campus and also houses Health Promotion where you can find more information on the work going on to create a Collegiate Recovery Community on Ohio University's campus!



Local Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous in Athens

This is a website listing local AA meetings in the Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas. Children of Chaos, a young folk's meeting of AA, are held on campus during the academic year.


Narcotics Anonymous

This links to a pdf with a listing of local meetings and contact information.


Health Recovery Services, Inc.

HRS is a local community resource for Southeastern Ohio providing numerous services. HRS offers both outpatient and residential treatment options for consumers.  All outpatient sites offer alcohol, drug and mental health services, individual and group counseling, case management and gambling screenings. Effective, research-based prevention programs are provided to the public as well.


Smart Recovery

Smart Recovery meetings are held every Wednesday from 12-1 pm in Baker 321. All meetings are open to faculty, staff, students and members of the Athens' community.



Online Resources

Helping Others Live Sober




For more information about the Collegiate Recovery Community:

Call:  740.593.4749

Email:   crc@ohio.edu

Visit:  Baker University Center, 321