Substance Use, Intervention & Recovery Services

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

The Serenity Shack

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" located at 2208 F St NW (Washington D.C. 20002). 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. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education notes: "dedicated space communicates pride and belief in the value of the recovering identity. It additionally promotes taking ownership and responsibility for the space, the identity and the legacy of being in recovery in college."

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

Overview of AOD Education Process

Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs can severely interfere with students’ abilities to reach their academic and personal goals. The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Education Process gives students the opportunity to reflect on their substance use and develop tools to be healthy and successful at GW.

Through the AOD Education Process, students will:

  • Be screened for potential substance use disorders
  • Develop personal strategies to curb excessive substance use
  • Receive referrals to appropriate university or community resources for ongoing support
  • Components of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Process are the following:
  • AlcoholEdu for Sanctions - Online education module that measures students’ alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. 
  • SASSI Online Screening - SASSI is an online screening tool that measures a students’ probability of being diagnosed with any type of substance use disorder, including alcohol
  • AUDIT - Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is a screening tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess alcohol consumption, drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems
  • CUDIT - Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test is the cannabis counterpart to the AUDIT that assesses cannabis use, behaviors, and cannabis-related problems
  • Marijuana 101 - Online education module that covers a variety of issues including marijuana dependence, marijuana’s effects, mental health issues, synthetic marijuana, local laws, and legalization issues, and legal penalties associated with use.