University of Central Missouri’s Recovery Central Recognized

 Participating in college life can be difficult for students affected by addiction. After seeing the need for a collegiate recovery support group, senior Child and Family Development majors Nicholle Scheibe and Sadie Purinton took the initiative to form Recovery Central.

Dedicated to supporting those in recovery and those who come from families with addiction, Recovery Central aims to be a resource to students who may not have a place to share their struggles and concerns.

“Although addiction and recovery are not always openly talked about, it is something that college students struggle with, either as family members, friends or personally,” says Scheibe. “I hope that Recovery Central will help to break the stigma often associated with addiction and recovery.”

Founded with the help of faculty advisor Adriatik Likcani, Recovery Central is joining the growing movement of college recovery programs in the state. Students within the organization actively advocate recovery programs by participating in statewide conferences and meeting with legislators.

Purinton believes this organization offers hope for many students who have nowhere to turn.

“We have a heart for service and have family members who have struggled with addiction,” says Purinton. “We aim to promote healing, awareness and hope. We believe recovery is possible.”

By demonstrating a culture of service and advocating recovery, Scheibe and Purinton are learning to a greater degree.

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