HERKIMER — On the heels of a heroin overdose alert last week, Herkimer College has launched a collegiate recovery program called Students Thriving at Recovery (STAR).
The STAR program offers additional support to those struggling with addiction and provides an educational opportunity as well to ensure students do not sacrifice their studies to join the program.
“When I submitted an alcohol screening to incoming residential freshman in the Fall 2018 semester, of the 45 students that took the screening 13 percent of them identified themselves as being ‘in recovery,’” said Herkimer College Prevention Specialist Laura Jacquays. “That was a huge wake up call for me that we need to get recovery services on the College campus.”
The College was awarded a $20,000 grant in January 2019 by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to help form STAR.
The college joins the growing number of schools incorporating collegiate recovery programs on campus. As of May 2019, there were 131 programs at colleges across the country.
As part of the initiative, Building I of the College Hill residence hall has been designated a Health and Wellness residence hall, where students must sign a contract stating they will be substance free in order to stay in the building. Similarly, Room 223 of the Robert McLaughlin College Center has been made the official Collegiate Recovery Room for group sessions, meetings, and quiet space.