Grambling PAWS (Prevention, Awareness, & Wellness Program) Collegiate Recovery Program

Grambling PAWS (Prevention, Awareness, & Wellness Program) Collegiate Recovery Program LogoGrambling State University (GSU) along with the Student Counseling and Wellness Resource Center is introducing a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP), to transform our community’s institutions of higher learning into a safe space for healing and recovery. This program will provide access to drug- and alcohol-free places for students to live, study and socialize, as well as peer mentorship and other recovery supports to students which will help to create a space for prevention, awareness, and wellness in recovery at our institution.

Gambling State University’s Collegiate Recovery Program uses an approach to wellness that embraces evidence-based practices and supports students’ decisions to engage in a lifestyle of recovery. Our multi-campus partnership in a collaboration the Louisiana Department of Health, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority, Southeastern Louisiana University, and many other Louisiana Collegiate Recovery Programs will serve students in recovery on campuses statewide to cultivate a strong recovery culture within our communities.


Building a Recovery Ready Institution

Grambling State University wants to be the type of place where individuals are empowered to ask for help, intervene with empathy when they notice someone else struggling with substance misuse, and a place that supports those in recovery by offering programing that promotes and supports everyone’s unique path to recovery.


What is Recovery?

The working definition of recovery from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) describes 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. At GSU, we believe students should pursue their educational goals while staying focused on their own unique recovery needs. Each person’s journey is different, and at Grambling State University you will find an inclusive recovery community that supports you along your own unique journey.


Where to Find Us on Campus

The Collegiate Recovery Program is in the GSU Student Counseling Center. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See the Calendar of Events for the schedule of opening hours and special event times.


Mission, Vision, and Goals

Our Mission

The GSU PAWs Program’s mission is to support healing and recovery in all people, committed to respecting diversity and recognizing the dignity and worth of all human beings. The Collegiate Recovery Program embraces the ethical principles of truth, virtue, justice, and love. The Program seeks to support the wellness of whole persons, by providing both recovery support services and opportunities for social engagement that supports people in recovery and promotes their wellbeing. Therefore, the Collegiate Recovery Program provides a variety of recovery pathways, to meet people where they are, and provide the support that they need.


Our Vision

Our vision students will continue to heal using an approach to wellness that students should be able to pursue their educational goals while simultaneously staying focused on their own unique recovery needs. Each person’s journey is different, and our Collegiate Recovery Program seeks to cultivate a welcoming community which supports everyone along their own unique journey, free from judgement and stigma.


Our Goals

The goals of this multi-campus CRP are to:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive Collegiate Recovery Program at Grambling State University.
  • Provide alcohol/drug-free social activities and recovery support services for GSU students.
  • Train institution leadership on the importance of supporting the recovery of students.
  • Provide access to drug/alcohol free places and locations for students to live, study, and socialize.
  • Evaluate the impact of collegiate recovery programming on student performance.

These goals will be achieved by:

  • Providing a variety of ongoing support services and recovery support groups.
  • Providing a dedicated space for students in recovery to gather and receive support.
  • Promoting institutional acceptance and support of the CRP.
  • Connecting students to supportive staff, counselors, and student leaders.
  •  Offering training and access to supportive peers, Peer Support Specialist, and recovery coaches.
  • Develop and implement regular social events and consistent programming.
  • Sharing evidence-based findings, results and program success with collaborative partners as it relates to the development and implementation of the CRP.


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