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NSCC honor society supports substance abuse recovery

Tom Wilson, Community Contributor • Sep 7, 2019 at 1:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A community college supports the academic endeavors of its students. That support often includes personal challenges and needs beyond the classroom.

Student officers of Northeast State Community College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society wants to extend a lifeline to students struggling with substance abuse and recovery. The chapter’s student leadership plans to establish a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at NSCC within the next year. NSCC would become the first community college in Tennessee to establish a CRP for students.

“As a whole, we want this program to provide the support and fellowship that our fellow students need in order to succeed in the ways that we know they can,” said Summer Hunley, AIC chapter president. “We want everyone from faculty, staff, and students to find their home at Northeast State, even more so than they already do.”

The CRP seeks to offer support to students who are: in recovery for substance abuse; wanting to be in recovery; or wishing to support others on their recovery. The programs seeks to build a community to assist students in recovery through support, preventing a relapse, encouraging autonomy, and increasing academic success.

Chapter leadership expects the center’s physical space to operate in room A102 on the first floor of the Student Services Building. The chapter is also creating a calendar of services available to students to include counselors available to meet with students in need. Two faculty advisors have volunteered their time to assist in developing CRP services for students.

The program will follow guidelines set forth by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). The ARHE is the only association representing collegiate recovery programs, students, and faculty and staff members that support such programs. The University of Virginia, Appalachian State University, and Central Piedmont Community College are among the more than 125 CRPs currently represented by ARHE.

The program will operate within the division of Institutional Excellence and Academic Services. The program will work closely with the college’s Accessibility Center and Office of Student Life to identify needs of students at risk of relapsing.

Alpha Iota Chi has received numerous regional and national accolades recognizing the quality of its Honors in Action and college projects during recent years. Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them grow as scholars and leaders.

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