Six men live in the recovery house on campus. they all vary in ages and majors, but the one thing they have in common is to get a college degree without relapsing.
“It’s built for students that have gone through treatment, drug and alcohol recovery treatment, that want a second chance at going back to school,” said CJ Holowach, Collegiate Recovery House Manager.
Lebanon Valley College now offers on-campus housing for students who are still recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
“A lot of them have previously failed in these type of environments due to their substance use, we want to give them another shot at that,” said Holowach.
The program is part of the Caron Foundation, a non-profit organization for addiction treatment. The students live together in a house on campus, but they have a different set of rules to follow.
“They are required to attend three of the campus 12 step meetings a week, they are required to meet with a sponsor and do active 12 step work with a sponsor,” said Holowach.
The students also have a house manager who understands what they’re going through.
“I went to a school down south, when I was 18, in active drug addiction. I spent four years there, I failed out. If there was a program like this at that time, I am fully confident that I would have graduated successfully,” said Holowach.
The program originally started at Alvernia University. Lebanon Valley College hopes to have it here on campus for many years to come.