Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University

A collegiate recovery program in Lubbock, Texas supporting and facilitating higher education for students in recovery 

Recognizing that college can be a difficult place for a young adult in recovery and higher education can be essential to sustained recovery, the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University (TTU) was launched in 1986 as one of the first collegiate recovery programs (CRP) in the United States. It has been recognized by the Office of National Drug Control and Policy as the model for collegiate recovery programming. 

Four core values (Clean, Sober, & Healthy/Connected in Community/Commitment to Academics/Civility in Relationships) guide the services offered, which include:

  • Weekly seminars for students in the CRP
  • Weekly all-recovery meetings on campus
  • Sober housing
  • Academic advising and counseling, scholarships, and summer study abroad opportunities
  • Sober tailgating at TTU football games
  • Staff mentoring and staff/peer accountability

The Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities has developed a curriculum for replicating their collegiate recovery model which can be found here

More information on this program and collegiate recovery in general can be found here and here and here

Students in this collegiate recovery program have a better GPA and better graduation rates than the university average along with low relapse rates.

Continuum of Care
Type of Evidence
Response Approach
Housing, Education, and Employment
Peer-reviewed Article

Evidence of Program Effectiveness

"Texas Tech University CRP students' average GPA (3.18) is consistently higher than the overall TTU undergraduate GPA (2.93)...TTU also publishes its CRP graduation rate (70%) that exceeds both TTU's 60% averageb and the national average of 55.9%...TTU CRP relapse rates (defined as “any use”) per semester range from 4.4% to 8% (mean 6%)." (Laudet et al., 2014)