Posted on September 30, 2022
With tacos, cookies, wellness workshops, goat yoga and more, TCU’s Counseling and Mental Health Center took National Recovery Month to new heights this year.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, aims to raise awareness about mental health and addiction recovery throughout the year, but each September many organizations, nonprofits, and schools get involved, including TCU.
“Our goal this month, this year was to do at least 10 events,” said Caroline Sahba, associate director of addiction and recovery services at TCU. “I think at my last count we were down to 12.”
TCU uses National Recovery Month as a way to shine a light on the fact that there are TCU students who are recovering from a number of things, and they are not alone, Sahba said.
Over the past year, more than 1,400 students have reported that they believe they have a drug or alcohol problem, and more than 215 students have received treatment for drugs or alcohol.
“You know, you’re not the only person who may have had this background or this path, and you might be able to help someone who has a similar experience,” Sahba said. “I think, with shame and stigma, all of this, all of these secrets that prevent someone from getting help because they really think I’m the only person who’s been through this. When in reality, the person sitting next to you in class might have the same experience.
TCU has a number of peer support communities where students can be authentic and open with each other about their experiences with all types of recovery, such as addiction, trauma, and eating disorders.
TCU’s Peer Support Communities meet weekly and host meetups and events outside of meeting hours.
A list of all of TCU’s peer support communities and how to join them can be found at https://counseling.tcu.edu/peersupport/.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center also hosts fun, stress-busting events open to all TCU students, which can be found on their department’s events calendar or by keeping an eye on the [email protected] Instagram, Facebook or website.
“One of our former students used to say that if you’re not having fun in sobriety, then you’re doing it wrong,” Sahba said. “So we’re really trying to emulate that, to have those events, to have things that are, you know, natural sources of dopamine and just connecting with other people that look like [the student(s)].”