Catamount Recovery Program Aims to Help Students Struggling with Substance Use

Director of the Catamount Recovery Program at the University of Vermont, Amy Boyd Austin, says it exists to give students dealing with substance use disorders a safe community.

She says a college environment, where substance use is often glorified, can be difficult for those in recovery.

“The academic portion of a college experience is not the entire college experience,” Boyd Austin explained. “A lot of it is about that social connection and those emotional bonds and development.”

Per the Vermont Department of Health, full-time college students are more likely to misuse alcohol and prescriptions than other young adults. Those 18-25 also have the highest heroin use rates in the country. Read more.