Recovery Awareness Week

This week is Recovery Awareness Week hosted by The Flock and Peer Educators!

The Flock is a student run organization out of the Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education Office located in Campion 212. The Flock’s mission statement is below:

The mission of The Flock is to have an open and honest platform of communication on the topic of addiction and recovery. Our ultimate goal is to support our fellow students that are affect by addiction and to spread awareness within the student body at SJU.

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The week of events kicked off last Friday with Leadership Lessons: How to Be Successful in Life and in Recovery featuring Doug Tieman, CEO of Caron Treatment Centers, and on Sunday they hosted Recovery Yoga in O’Pake. Luckily, the week is not over yet and there is still time to participate:

Tuesday April 19th – Come to Campion during Free Period to sign a banner showing support for students, and their loved ones that are in recovery.

Wednesday April 20th – Alcohol Summit – At 3:30pm in Sunroom II come have a group discussion about how to deal with recovery and where to go from here. Previous Alcohol Summits have covered topics including Alcohol and Sexual Assault, Pre-gaming and Social Anxiety, and Haub School of Business (HSB) vs College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Drinking Rates. To RSVP for this event click here.

Thursday April 21st – Recovery Speak Out – If you are in recovery and would like to share your story, please come to the Speak Out event during free period, right outside of the library.  If you are not in recovery but would like to support your fellow Hawks then please come, all are welcome!

Many students tend to confuse The Flock with Alcoholics Anonymous but they are actually two different things. Another common misconception about The Flock is that it only for students in recovery. It’s not. You can be a student in recovery, have a loved one in recovery, or just a good friend who wants to show their support. A friend of mine joined The Flock a little while ago and had this to say about her experience:

“I haven’t been with The Flock for too long, just under a year, but it means so much to me. Two of my family members have struggled with addictions and The Flock allows me the chance to not only learn more about addiction and recovery myself, but also to raise awareness that addictions do affect college students. It’s something that a lot of people don’t realize.”

~Ally Darhun, Class of 2016

If you are interested in getting involved with The Flock, they meet on Fridays 5-6pm in Sunroom I. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook!


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