On May 13, 2014, former Governor Pat McCrory signed the executive order at East Carolina University, one of six University of North Carolina campuses participating in the pilot program with an emphasis on prevention and treatment. ECU is joined by UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Greensboro in the program. The Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force will build on statewide prevention, treatment and enforcement initiatives implemented by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the UNC system. ECU has implemented education, prevention, and intervention initiatives that include educating students during orientation; having required electronic education modules; offering programming for specific groups like Greek life and student athletes; and providing assessment, counseling, and referral resources. The next important step for our campus and others across the state is to build recovery initiatives to help students stop the cycle of addiction. The CRC allows ECU to create a support network of services to assist students along their developmental and educational journey.
East Carolina University seeks to establish a Collegiate Recovery Community in order to address the following issues associated with students in recovery: lack of coordinated sober peer support; sober housing; maintaining sobriety in a college environment that encourages drinking; co-morbid emotional/mental health needs; the need for sober extra-curricular activities; and service learning and volunteer opportunities.
The mission of the East Carolina University Collegiate Recovery Community is to contribute to recovering individuals’ academic success in college through programming efforts, creation of a supportive environment, experiential activities and the opportunity to increase awareness of substance issues on the college campus through peer education.