University of Kentucky starts recovery program for addicts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A group of University of Kentucky students is starting a recovery program for students dealing with addictions, and hopes to open a sober residence hall.

News outlets report that UK’s recently formed Collegiate Recovery Community is meant to promote a healthy and supportive college experience for students in recovery for substance abuse disorders and process addictions, as well as help remove the stigma associated with recovery.

Kelsey Hinken, who works with UK Recovery, says CRC hopes to open a substance-free residence hall in the fall of 2017.

So far, the group has about six members, including chemical engineering student Phil Johnson. Johnson is recovering from an alcohol and opioid addiction and says he’s grateful UK offers the program.

There are now more than 100 collegiate recovery programs across the country.


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