Amid Rising Concern About Addiction, Universities Focus On Recovery

NPR (03/15) – In murder mystery novels, when the hero, a private detective or homicide cop, drops by a late-night Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to stave off a sudden craving for a beer or two or 20, it’s usually in some dingy church basement or dilapidated storefront on the seedier side of town. There’s a pot of burnt coffee and a few stale doughnuts on a back table. The Center for Students in Recovery at the University of Texas could not be more different. In a bit of inspiration, UT located the center inside the luxurious athletic facilities attached to the university’s football stadium. There are martial arts and dance studios; fencing, squash and steam rooms. It means the students in recovery are rubbing shoulders with UT’s many student-athletes — another group with priorities besides partying. The scholarship athletes and the recovering addicts make for an interesting mix. Read more

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