Collegiate Recovery Community

Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)

About the CRC 

GW is proud to host a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to support students in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders, and/or other process addictions.  We support all pathways to recovery and define recovery as a lifelong commitment to pursuing optimal health and well-being. Our hope is that the CRC will provide a supportive community to help you navigate recovery, thrive in your environment, and strive to be the best version of yourself, while pursuing your academic, professional, and personal goals.

Our Vision

To create a collegiate environment at GW where students who are in recovery from a  substance use/eating/addiction disorder, mental illness, or dual diagnosis can achieve their goals and live to their full potential. 

What are the benefits of being a CRC member?

As a member, you will: 

  • Be part of a strong, healthy, connected, and supportive community
  • Have 7-day/week access to the CRC Serenity Shack (once reopened)
  • Have the opportunity to attend member special events, outings, etc.
  • Have leadership and professional development opportunities

How do I become a member?

Membership in the CRC is open to all GW undergraduate and graduate students who are actively pursuing recovery. We ask that students:

  • First, fill out an interest form and wait for a CRC staff member to reach out
  • Participate in a recovery program of their choice
  • Sign a commitment agreement
  • Have individual check-ins with CRC staff members
  • Attend community CRC check-ins

Update to the Serenity Shack:

In compliance with  the university's fall plans regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, the Serenity Shack will be closed to all students, indefinitely. Please check back again in the Fall for any updates regarding its reopening. As always,we appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the uncertainty and change of these challenging times, whilst ensuring the health & safety of the GW community.

The CRC has designated a space on campus called the "Serenity Shack." It is a place for students to gather, relax, support each other, and study. In addition to informal uses, the CRC members also use the space for organized meetings and events. Please check back again soon for more information on our new location.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, feel free to contact Program Associate Shannen Johnson at [email protected].