• 7.6 million people ages 18-25 in the United States (2.2% of young adults) received substance abuse treatment in 2014.
  • 3.9% of ASU students report they have been treated for or are currently in treatment for an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
  • Support for long term recovery from alcohol and other drugs has a positive influence on academics for college students in recovery.
  • 3.6% of ASU students indicate they are interested in recovery programs.  82.7% of the students who are interested in recovery programs are not themselves in recovery.  They are allies, family members and friends of people in recovery.



American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Spring 2019. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2019 (n=2,096). 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the United States. (2015) 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 

Millions of young adults each year receive treatment for substance abuse problems. Many go on to lead their life in long-term recovery from addiction. Recovery opens doors to live, learn and thrive.

“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.”
-SAMSHA, 2016

There are many paths to recovery from substance abuse disorders: in-patient and out-patient clinical treatment, medications, peer support, faith-based approaches and more. Whatever the path, recovery is a lifestyle that contributes to the overall mental, physical, spiritual and community well-being.

A life of recovery is supported through:

Health: adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that contributes to mental and physical well-being. For those recovering from an addiction, this includes abstaining from use of the substance.

Home: having a safe and stable place to live.

Purpose: engaging in activities that lead to independence and resources needed to be a productive member of the community.

Community: developing meaningful relationships that provide support, friendship, love and hope.

(Adapted from: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2016). Recovery and Recovery Support.)

ASU Students in Recovery

If you are a student in recovery or seeking recovery from an addiction, ASU offers support for you to maintain your long-term recovery goals.

  • Recovery Rising at ASU offers:
    • A network of students that meet together in a supportive environment and enjoy building friendships. Join our Facebook Group to learn more.
    • For more information contact
    • 12-step meetings on campus - currently meeting virutually.
    • Weekly information sessions on topics of interest: stress management, healthy eating, time management, study skills and more.
    • Community service opportunities.
  • ASU Housing offers students the opportunity to request a roommate who is in recovery. When you are signing up for housing ask about this option.
  • Collegiate Recovery Housing: please contact ASU Counseling Services for a list of sober living options near your campus of residence. 
  • ASU Counseling Services offers counseling support to ASU students whether in recovery or seeking recovery from an addiction.

ASU Students Supporting Recovery Efforts 

If you are interested in supporting the recovery efforts of ASU students, please join Friends of Recovery

Recovery Rising – a network of students that meet together for food, fun, sports and friendship.

  • Join our Facebook Group for meeting dates and times.
  • Go to local and campus-based 12-step meetings.
  • Attend weekly information sessions on topics of interest: stress management, healthy eating, time management, study skills, and more.
  • Join in on community service opportunities.