Every week, the TCU peer support group meets at University Christian Church to help TCU students in struggles with substance abuse and addiction.
“It was nice to go somewhere and be able to meet people who are on campus and are in the same boat as me,” said Jessica, a member of the support group who asked to withhold her last name for privacy reasons.
The TCU peer support group was created in 2012 to offer support to students looking for help with substance abuse and addiction problems. A study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that 1 in 4 college students meet the medical standards for substance abuse.
During the group’s weekly meetings, members talk about various topics related to their sobriety. Caroline Albritton, the group’s facilitator, said discussions often focus on acceptance and the importance of friendships and family.
“The only criteria for a student to attend is the desire to change his or her substance use,” Albritton said.
In order to protect the anonymity of the group members, the meetings are only open to TCU students. However, members of TCU’s faculty and staff, who are also in recovery, may attend to offer sponsorship, Albritton said.
Jessica said she joined the group her sophomore year after her room was raided and authorities found drugs and alcohol. She said she was hesitant to join but was surprised by how much she enjoyed the group.
After being with the group for a year, Jessica said the biggest lesson she has learned is that she is not alone. She said she would love to find a way to further promote the support group and its mission.
The TCU peer recovery support group meets every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. in room 306 of University Christian Church.