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

What if I am not in recovery, but still struggle with AOD related concerns?

The CRC also offers one-on-one intervention to help students who are struggling with substance use, by assessing their current situation, defining their personal goals relative to their use behaviors, and targeting areas for improvement. These sessions would most benefit:

  • Students who are contemplating recovery and need someone to talk to
  • Students with more serious concerns about their substance use or have been referred based on behavior/conduct cases
  • Students who are looking to be screened for brief intervention or referral to higher level of treatment (SUD assessment, Recovery counselor, IOP)
  • Students that already have access to external resouces relative to their substance use concerns, but need additional support in balancing life, recovery, and their education


GW Students can sign up for an intitial one-on-one with Substance Use Intervention Program Associate, Shannen Johnson, here:



Update to the Serenity Shack:

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, which will be housed within the upcoming Substance-Free living space this Fall 2022!

Contact Us:

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