Something amazing occurred today. Well, it has actually been happening for a while, but I saw the mark of a dream becoming reality this morning.
Today I saw something I have long dreamt possible, fall into place. I was honored to attend the first Collegiate Recovery Program "Welcome" Brunch for the very first students enrolled in the CRP at The University of North Texas. Something that a student in early recovery wanted and needed so badly, he didn't give up until others got on board and started taking action.
A community of UNT students, staff and faculty stood behind students in recovery and supported the concept. I imagined it could happen, yet didn't believe it would happen this quickly. I shed a few tears today. No longer am I in an era of recovery being a dirty little secret that eats away at a soul who cannot bring recovery into all areas of their lives. I stand among people who are in and support recovery, without shame, without embarrassment and without apology.
Students no longer have to chose between college and recovery. I am humbled and amazed.