Minn. Students in Recovery Will get a Dorm, Added Support
Sarah Day will be the first one to admit her existence has not always been wonderful. At the time she was attending the University of Georgia...
"I was drinking a lot and using a lot of drugs and my life was out of control, completely un-manageable," Day said.
Day came to Minnesota for treatment at Hazelden in Plymouth. She got sober and clean Jan. 7, 2011.
"I got my life back together, I got my family back, I made some amazing friends and I got back into school," she said.
Right now, she is a senior at the University of Minnesota and getting ready to graduate. But before she leaves, she is helping to create a program that will provide support and housing for students recovering from alcohol and or drug addiction. An incoming student would inform the school on their application they are in recovery.
"And then you'd get another application for the recovery house. So we'd learn a little more about your past and how long you've been in recovery, when you went to treatment and what your life looks like today and decide from there," Day said.
It looks like Middlebrook Hall on the West Bank will be the dorm to house up to 20 students. Boynton Health Services would help with the support aspect.
"We're looking at having students who will be a part of this collegiate recover community to be in engaged in service work, engaged in regular meetings, support meetings and counseling as well," Von Vu of Boynton Health Services said.
Day says, she's been given a second chance at life. It is only right to give back to those who are going through a once familiar struggle, she said.
"What's great about this community is that students can go and be a real student. No one has to know about your recovery," Day said.
The U of M's program is scheduled to kick off fall of 2014.
We checked around to other colleges and universities in the area to see who would have a similar program like this one.
Saint Cloud State University, Augsburg and Hamline have a similar program on their campus. University of Saint Thomas used to have one and Macalester College says, they are to small to have one.