Congratulations on making an effort to be in recovery! Substance Use Disorder is a tough disease to conquer but you are on the right track. Here at SJU, we can help you along your journey. We have many resources on campus and can also refer off campus as needed.
You are not alone in our community. Everyone at SJU only wants you to succeed and are here to support you. Simply reach out to our office and we can connect you with students, faculty, staff and alumni in recovery who have volunteered this contact information to support students.
As a Jesuit institution, we promote the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis which translates to care of the whole person. We understand holistic health as an important concept within recovery.
Please look below for more resources to support your recovery.
On Campus Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- The Foundation (C): Every Friday at 8pm in Campion; Sunroom 2
This meeting is open only to those with a desire to stop drinking.
Focus on Building Strong Relationships
Getting out of your own head and into helping others is a great way to enhance your recovery.
We encourage you to explore what it means to live a "faith that does justice" at SJU. Check out Campus Ministry's website where they list the many options for service from one day events, to weekly service, service learning classes, and year-long experiences.
Sign up for the #Weekender to get an email every Thursday regarding fun and free events happening on campus and in the Philadelphia area.
There is always something to do in the city from dining out or visiting cool shops, to visiting a park or hiking a trail. We will find the stuff you wish you knew about and send you a compiled list each week of fun and substance free things to do. So sign up today!
We will also use the hashtag #Weekender to post things to do in the area on social media.
An essential part of Jesuit education is a spirituality which integrates one's faith with all aspects of daily living. And attending a retreat can help deepen one's recovery and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
In order to grow in our lives we need to take time to step away from the busyness that happens all around us especially when the college scene is too difficult to handle. Retreats at SJU are the perfect way to get away from campus for a weekend to reflect on our lives! Through retreats, activities engaged in, meals shared, thoughts and feelings treasured, participants are invited to embrace the Ignatian principles of "finding God in all things" and of being "men and women with and for others."
For more information regarding on campus events, visit the Student Union Board’s calendar. They are always planning a variety of fun events for students - take advantage of them - or join the SUB yourself to help bring your favorite events to campus!
With 75 student organizations on the SJU campus, every student has opportunities to join, lead, expand horizons, make friends and have fun. You have a lot of options. The Flock is a great organization focused on recovery but expand your horizons and consider joining an academic club, cultural club or social club.
Check out Student Leadership and Activities website to learn more about the student clubs and organizations and how to get involved.
Focus on Your Academics
Office of Learning Resources
The Office of Learning Resources offers free peer tutoring to currently enrolled SJU undergraduates in 17 different subjects. Fall 2016 tutoring will begin on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.
They offer two types of tutoring:
- Walk-in tutoring - The most requested subjects have walk-in tutoring. Check out the schedule on their website.
- Appointment-based tutoring - For a subject not covered by walk-in tutoring, or if you are unable to make walk-in tutoring times, appointments can be scheduled through the online scheduling system. To schedule an appointment, click the hyperlink here or find the site directly at http://mywco.com/learning.
The Learning Resource Center
The Conquering the College Classroom workshop series is offered by the LRC and helps students transition to the unique demands of collegiate level work. This four workshop series includes the following:
- Managing your Time at SJU
- Strengthening your Study Strategies
- Staying on Top of your Reading
- Preparing for Midterms
We suggest you try to attend all four within your first semester back. Each one is a 45 min session and dates/times are available on their website.
Focus on Your Future
Center for International Programs
Being in recovery won't hold you back from exploring the world and taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad. Check out the resources from the Center for International Programs about Recovery Abroad.
Career Development Center
It is a very personal choice to include recovery information in your resume or disclose that you are sober in your interview. The Career Development Center at SJU is here to assist you with all your career-related needs and can help you work through these tough questions. They offer many services aimed at meeting a student's unique needs including major and career exploration, resume critiques, mock interviews and resources for an internship or full time job search. You can make individual appointments or visit a drop-in center, take career assessments or attend one of the many career-related events they sponsor.
Check out their web site at www.sju.edu/careers for more detailed information about all of our services, programs and events.
Come to the To Tell or Not To Tell workshop hosted on Wednesday, January 31st from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Campion, North Lounge.
Through interactive activities and discussion, reflect on the pros and cons of sharing your identities on paper (resume/cover letter) or in person (networking/interview) and determine what is best for you. Wrap up by practicing your pitch to use when networking.
Off Campus Recovery Meetings and Recovery Support
- Every Thursday at 8:30pm and Saturday at 10:30am in Villanova University’s Campus Health Center, Room 200
- Every Thursday at 6pm (women's group: Sober Sisters) at 1225 Montrose Ave - formerly the New Leaf Club
- Every Saturday at 7am (men's Literature group) and 8:30am (BYOCoffee group) at Center for Families at 1225 Montrose Ave
- Every Monday at 6:30pm at St. Mary's Hamilton Village on the University of Pennsylvania campus; 3916 Locust Walk (entrance is through glass doors in back)
- Every Wednesday at 8pm at University Lutheran Church on the University of Pennsylvania campus; 3637 Chestnut street
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.sepennaa.org
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Every Sunday at 4pm at the New Leaf Club in Rosemont; 1225 Montrose Ave
- Young People's Meeting: Every Monday & Wednesday at 8pm at the Reedemer, 230 Pennswood Rd, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
To find more information about Young People in Recovery, Philadelphia Chapter, visit:https://www.facebook.com/YPRPhilly
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.na.org
LGBT AA Meetings
- LGBT Friendly AA: Every Monday at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church; 2212 Spruce Street (oldest gay meeting in Delaware Valley!)
- Lesbian and Gay Open Meeting: Every Monday at 8:00pm at 562 Clubhouse; 562 West Lancaster Ave. Haverford, Pa.
- Sober and Gay (D27) OB: Every Tuesday at 8:30pm at William Way Center; 2nd Floor 1315 Spruce Street
- Young People's LGBT Friendly: Every Saturday at 9:30pm at St. Mark's Church; between 16th and 17th on Locust. Entrance in middle of block, through courtyard and up middle stairs.
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.phildadelphiaroundup.org
Every Wednesday from 8pm-9pm at Hummingbird Studio in Bryn Mawr
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Our weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, as well as group sharing and discussion. We are open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths. These meetings are appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. No prior meditation experience necessary. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.
(Suggested Donation: $5)
Register here for the meeting or just drop in
To learn more about Refuge Recovery, click here
Tuesdays at 7pm at Espenshade Counseling at 1084 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Suite 304
Wednesdays at 12pm at Espenshade Counseling at 1084 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Suite 304
Sundays at 3pm: Studio 34 at 4522 Baltimore Ave in Media, PA
*All meetings are donation-based similar to 12-step meetings
More information about SMART Recovery meetings can be found here.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
- Every Tuesday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 10am at New Leaf Club in Rosemont.
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.adultchildren.org
Gambler's Anonymous (GA)
- Every Monday at 6pm at Gaudenzia Outreach II in Philadelphia; 39 E School Lane
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.gamblersanonymous.org
Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA)
- Every Saturday at 5pm at the New Leaf Club in Rosemont; 1225 Montrose Ave
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.aba12steps.org
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
- Every Monday at 8pm at the Overbrook Presbyterian Church; Corner of City Ave and Lancaster Ave
- Every First Monday of the Month - the beginners meeting begins at 7:30pm
To find additional meetings nearby, visit: www.oa.org
Local 12-Step Clubhouses
- 562 Clubhouse: 562 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa 19041
- 4021 Clubhouse; 4021 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19104
- 307 Clubhouse, 822 East Washington Street, West Chester, Pa 19380
Philadelphia Recovery Community Center offers a unique blend of services including support groups, recovery coaching, volunteer opportunities and social events that are all geared towards strengthening recovery. The center’s staff, which includes many peer leaders, draws from their own personal experience to assist others in achieving wellness and recovery.
Hummingbird Yoga in Bryn Mawr - offers Yoga for Recovery 3 days a week.
Every Tuesday and Every Friday at 7pm: Yoga for Recovery: This is a donation-based class and starts with group sharing and leads into a gentle flow class.
Every Sunday at 3pm: Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Women: This is a donation-based class and starts with breath control and ends with a 5 minute meditation.
Unity Yoga in Manayunk - offers Yoga for Recovery 2 times each week.
Every Friday at 5:45pm and every Sunday at 1pm - Recovery Yoga: This class aims to create a safe space for all and focuses on linking breath and movement to assist the process of recovery.
*This studio also offers slow flows, guided group meditations and restorative yoga. This yoga studio is unique because is also has a recovery community center upstairs!
The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life. Using a peer support model, The Phoenix helps members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery.
The Phoenix offers free classes at Penn's Landing location - 126 Race Street:
- Yoga at 12pm on Sundays
- CrossFit at 1pm on Sundays and 730pm on Mondays
- Bootcamps on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am
The Phoenix also offers free classes at the Fearless Athletics location in South Philly at 744 South 11th Street:
- CrossFit on Saturdays at 3pm
You can also find meetings on your phone!
Download the Steps Away app or iPromises app (or find another you like) directly to your Iphone, Droid or IPad. These applications can help you find and add meetings to your calendar, share recovery reading materials, reflect/journal and join groups.