An exploratory assessment of a college substance abuse recovery program: Augsburg College's StepUP program

Andria M. Botzet, Ken C Winters, Tamara Fahnhorst

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the academic, life functioning, and drug use outcomes of students who participated in the StepUP recovery program, a college program designed to support sobriety for students recovering from substance abuse. Method: Eighty-three StepUP program students (46 current students and 37 alumni) participated in a survey using a slightly modified version of the Global Appraisal for Individual Needs (Dennis, 1998), which assesses drug involvement, mental health, and other life-functioning domains. In addition, a subset of 20 current students completed a second assessment approximately 6 months after the first. Results: The large majority of both current students and alumni reported that they abstained from alcohol and drug use, and that they regularly attended self-help groups. Perceived personal assets and social support were endorsed at high levels by the respondents, as were screens for mental health problems. Conclusions: Students involved in the StepUP program either currently or in the past were largely able to maintain sobriety, as well as a favorable GPA. StepUP students also endorsed a sizeable amount of assets and social support, which espouse the maintenance of sobriety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-270
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Volume2
Issue number2-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • College
  • Drug abuse
  • Recovery programs
  • Sobriety

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