University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Basic Information

Program Name: Carolina Recovery
Phone Number: 919-962-9355
Program Contact: Victoria Cooper

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Additional Information

Established: 2012
Professional Affiliations: ARHE, HECAOD

Staff-facilitated programming and parallel student organization


Undergrad, grad, professional school students; local young people; alums

CRP Criteria:

There are no requirements to participate in Carolina Recovery. For more information, including meeting location, please contact

Counseling Services: Yes
Treatment Services: We offer free and confidential substance use assessments & counseling for students. Referrals to local treatment programs and providers are available.
Family Support: <a href="">Information for families &amp; students</a>
Mission Statement:

The Carolina Recovery Program strives to create an inclusive and accepting environment where any UNC-CH student seeking recovery can build community, flourish personally, thrive academically, and foster enduring resiliency. Carolina Recovery provides each student with a customized success plan and proactive recovery-focused programming facilitated by staff, local professionals, and peer-based support. This affords our community of students the opportunity to enjoy a substance-free or reduced-substance-use collegiate experience while excelling at UNC-CH. We believe the collegiate recovery experience connects or reconnects students with their core values and purpose.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Recovery is "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential" (SAMHSA, 2012).

Program Goals:

Carolina Recovery is a robust support system for UNC-CH students, embracing those in recovery, seeking support, or simply curious. Our Carolina Recovery Program, facilitated by expert staff, and the Carolina Recovery Community, a dynamic student organization, host various weekly meetings to cater to diverse needs. We foster a sense of belonging through substance-free recreational events--like tailgates, Spring Break, and laser tag--and engage in impactful community-building activities--like service projects, tabling events, and stigma-reduction campaigns. Our dedicated staff provides personalized support to help well-being and academic success. We welcome everyone, regardless of their stage or modality of recovery, in a confidential, inclusive space.

Programs and Services:
  • Recovery and Mental Health Support: A safe and supportive environment for recovery
  • Academic Assistance: Academic support services and time management skill-building
  • Personal Growth: Mutual-support peer groups, recovery coaching, and substance use counseling for personal development
  • Networking: Opportunities to connect with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Substance-Free Social Activities: Engaging, substance-free events
  • Awareness & Advocacy: Raising awareness for recovery and reducing stigma
  • Reduced Risk for Harm: The lower likelihood of return-to-use and associated harms
  • Sense of Belonging: A judgment-free community that reduces isolation
  • Recovery Resiliency: Gain a foundation of recovery capital
  • Community Engagement: Encouragement to give back through service