Alcohol Awareness & Recovery

What is Recovery? 

At some point in time, you might have heard the word “recovery” and pondered what that means, but recovery can have a different definition for every single person on the planet. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) defines Recovery as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” (Recovery – SAMSHA 2014)

What is an Ally? 

Recovery isn’t something that can take place overnight, and is often difficult, but have you ever heard of an Ally? Well, boy, let me tell you that an Ally can make Recovery a bit easier. An Ally plays a CRUCIAL role in advocating and supporting individuals in their journey towards recovery from substance use disorders (SUD’s).

Ways you can be an Ally: 

  1. Shatter Myths & Stigmas
    • Be objective and set aside personal bias and assumptions. Speak out and offer education when you hear harmful or false information regarding addiction and recovery.
  2. Use Recovery Messaging
    • This is often referred to as “Person First Language”. By using a person’s first language you promote connection and safety instead of shame and guilt. Examples of this include:  
      • “A person in recovery” vs. “an addict not using”
      • “Individuals with substance use disorder” vs. “addict,” or “alcoholic”)
  3. Join the Collegiate Recovery Community
    • The Collegiate Recovery Community at East Carolina University (ECU Recovery) hosts an Ally Training that trains faculty, staff, and students to be supportive of individuals with substance use disorders and those in recovery from SUD’s.

    Upcoming Events 

    Collegiate Recovery Day – April 15

    Collegiate Recovery Week – April 14-20


    Recovery – Samhsa, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.