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If you are a student in recovery and want to make friends and engage in sober events, join the Collegiate Recovery Program. As DU strives to provide inclusiveness and academic excellence, the DU CRC will continue to provide comprehensive services to students. While the CRC Center is closed due to the Coronavirus-19, we are still providing meetings and support services.

• Online CRC meetings 
• Online 1 on 1 coaching meetings
• Provide 24/7 Virtual Lounge where students can drop in and meet 

The Center offers a virtual community lounge, alcohol and drug-free social events, support meetings, peer mentoring, and educational seminars and events. The CRC is a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to pursue sobriety. It is designed to provide academic excellence alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

For more information about receiving Zoom links for recovery meetings please contact or (303) 871-3423.


How to join the du crc

The DU Collegiate Recovery Community is a peer-driven community of support for students in recovery from substance use disorders. The community seeks to support and protect students' long-term recovery through programming focused on peer support, recovery coaching, academic guidance, health and wellness activities, leadership development, and service opportunities. If you are interested in joining the CRC, email or call 303-871-3423.

The DUCRC accepts and encourages open participation from all DU students, staff, and alumni. To receive recovery support services, the following requirements must be met:
● Be an actively enrolled student of the University of Denver in good standing;
● Must be committed to abstaining from alcohol and illegal drugs; and
● Have 48 hours of abstinence from alcohol and illegal drugs.

Benefits of membership include (contingent upon DU COVID-19 policy/phase status):

● 24-Hour Access to the Recovery Cottage for studying and socializing 
● Access to Recovery Coaching, peer support, and recovery meetings
● Recovery conferences, events, and activities (e.g., outdoor adventure program, Recovery Month, webinars, and recovery speakers) 
● You may be qualified for priority registration
● Receive a recovery cord at the DUCRC Graduation Celebration to wear at commencement
● DUCRC gear
● Opportunity to participate in recovery-focused therapy groups (e.g., relapse-prevention), seminar course, train-the-trainer, and service work

Recovery Housing

Students support each other's recovery while creating meaningful and supportive relationships based on recovery and their college experiences.

Benefits of Recovery Housing include:

● Recovery Housing is two doors away from the DUCRC cottage in an on-campus building with studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments
● A 9-month or 12-month housing option
● Easy access to University resources such as fitness center, counseling services, recovery support services, medical services, and on-campus recovery meetings.
● MESA community meetings 

APPLY for recovery housing NOW

Fall 2021 Recovery Housing applications available January 1, 2021 

Recovery Housing, located in Mesa Apartments, is a community intended specifically for students pursuing recovery from substance use and/or behavioral addictions and would be best served by a community that is dedicated to a supportive recovery lifestyle. Priority for this community is given to applicants who demonstrate a dedication to their recovery and the recovery of others.

Studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom spaces are available. To view more information about the MESA apartments, go to

To apply, click the "located in Mesa apartments" link above.

Weekly Meeting Schedule

Contact for Zoom meeting link 

Collegiate Recovery Community Meetings (abstinence-based) Monday 5 pm - 6 pm MST & Thursdays 6 pm - 7 pm

Students for Recovery (SFR) Student Organization Meeting (contact 303-871-3423 for day and time) 

Recovery Milestone Celebration - Last Friday of each month                                                                                                             


For training requests, please refer to the HCC website to schedule a training visit

Collegiate Recovery Program: What is it? (Length: 30 minutes)

Participants interested in becoming supportive – and supported - members of our DU community recovering from alcohol and other substances are encouraged to register for the Collegiate Recovery Program training. The Collegiate Recovery Program is designed to ensure that no one has to sacrifice academic excellence or a social belonging for their recovery. Through the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), DU provides a social and study space for those in recovery and those whose lives have been affected by substance use and behavioral disorders. Through this interactive workshop, participants will be able to understand:

  1. The prevalence and complexities of recovery;
  2. Why there is a need for the Collegiate Recovery Program;
  3. What services the Collegiate Recovery Program provides; and
  4. How to support the Collegiate Recovery Community as a member of the DU Campus.

Opioid Overdose Response Training (Narcan) (30 minutes)

Attendees of Opioid Overdose Response Training will learn how to identify an overdose emergency, how to obtain and utilize Narcan (naloxone HCl), gain insight regarding the Good Samaritan Law, and prepare for aftercare once someone is brought out of an overdose. Each training is scheduled for one hour.

Recovery Ally Training: Recovery Spoken Here (Length: 60-90 minutes)

It provides awareness and skills to better support those in recovery or experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs. Additionally, attendees will learn how to utilize the Collegiate Recovery Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Plan – CRC FAQ's

Will I be able to attend CRC meetings?
YES. Isolation (social distancing) creates an environment where the disease of addiction thrives and recovery often faulters. We will utilize technology as an alternative to face to face meetings. Details on how to access the Zoom platform will be shared through your email, CRC Members GroupMe, and the CRC Members Teams (which can be downloaded on your phone and computer).

Will I be able to still meet with the Waltrina DeFrantz-Dufor, Director of the CRC on an individual basis?
YES. To schedule an individual meeting email or send a direct message via GroupMe, the TEAMS CRC Members group, or text.

Will we still have monthly MESA community check-in meetings?
YES. Monthly MESA Community check-in meetings will continue to occur the last Friday of the month at 4 pm (MST) and will be hosted through the Zoom platform which can be accessed from either your phone, desktop, or laptop.

Am I still expected to meet the requirements of CRC membership?
YES. Unless you do not have access to the internet, or cell phone access.

Am I required to still have individual monthly check-in's as a member of the MESA community with the Director?
YES. Individual recovery housing check-ins can be scheduled via Outlook calendar, emailing, TEAMS CRC Members group, or a direct message through GroupMe.

What should I expect in an individual or online/virtual CRC All Recovery Meeting?
As the social connection is an important foundational piece of recovery, utilizing technology is an alternative to face to face meetings when appropriate. The following guidelines are intended to create a virtual atmosphere where anonymity is protected, intimacy and vulnerability feels safe, and discussions happen fluidly.
• During mutual aid groups, small group sessions, and one on one coaching meetings, plan to be alone or utilize headphones to protect others' anonymity and private conversations.
• Reduce noise around you and place your microphone on mute if you're not sharing or talking. Also, pay attention to your background to not be distracting to other meeting attendees.
• Minimize distractions by not multitasking during the meetings (i.e. having other social media windows open). Try and give your community members your undivided attention.
• Make sure to continue attending the "meeting before the meeting" and staying after the allotted time. This remains the best time to strengthen relationships with your fellow community members.
• An audio and visual presence is encouraged if possible.
• As going around the circle to determine who shares next is not always feasible, "popcorn" style and "pass the stick" style meetings are encouraged.
• While "Virtual hangouts" are informal, who you are meeting with is still protected information. If a roommate or passerby asks, "Who are you talking to?" saying I'm talking with a group of friends or classmates is a great response.
How do I find off-campus recovery support?
We strongly suggest utilizing virtual and/or phone 12-step meetings. You can explore such meetings here:

• National Virtual Recovery and CRC/CRP Meetings
• Codependency Anonymous
• Narcotics Anonymous
• Alcoholics Anonymous Online Meetings
• Eating Disorders Anonymous
• Marijuana Anonymous Online Meetings
• Cocaine Anonymous Online Meetings
• Sex and Love Addicts Online & Phone Meetings
• Sex Addicts Anonymous Online Meetings

Will I still have access to therapeutic support?
YES. You may schedule a Telehealth appointment with the HCC, as well as a check-in with your primary therapist about offering teletherapy sessions.

How do I maintain the physical fitness component of my Recovery Plan?
For physical fitness, if you choose to go outdoors or to an off-campus gym or fitness studio, please take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. Participate in the CRC GROUP FITNESS CHALLENGES. Each week the Director will announce the weekly fitness challenge. These will be exercises you can complete in your personal space and requires the CRC principle of integrity. Have fun with your exercise.

How do I maintain the spiritual component of my recovery plan?
Attend virtual fellowship meetings, continue your practice of mindfulness, remember how to make good decisions, stay engaged with the CRC All Recovery Meetings, check your motives, ask yourself – what am I afraid of and choose a different behavior, and live and anchor in the present moment.

There are a number of ways to creatively practice mindfulness such as:
o Meditation via the app Headspace, Calm, or Insight Timer.
o Utilizing your spiritual connection to stay grounded and spiritually fit.
o Intentional, mindful movement (yoga, walking, weightlifting, etc.)

Who do I contact in case of an Emergency?
If you are living on or off-campus and experience a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the University of Denver CRC?
Contact Dr. Waltrina DeFrantz-Dufor, Director of the Collegiate Recovery Community will be available by Zoom, GroupMe, TEAMS, phone (303-871-3699), and email from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Where is the CRC?

The CRC is located on campus in a small white cottage at 1931 S. York Street. The house is where meetings are located as well as open social and study space.

Do you have sober housing?

YES. Recovery Housing is located just two doors down from the Center for Collegiate Recovery in the MESA Apartment building on the DU Campus. Any student who identifies as a person in recovery can apply for a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom in the MESA Apartment building by August 1 of each year. For best consideration, apply and submit a housing deposit by MARCH 1.  The Recovery Housing Application can be found here.

How do I get involved with the CRC?

Getting involved can be as simple as coming in the front door! If a student is more comfortable first calling or contacting CRP staff via, we welcome that as well.

Do you offer/when are 12-Step meetings?

YES. Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon fellowships use the Center for Collegiate Recovery as a meeting space. AA meetings are on Tuesdays at noon in the basement. Al-Anon meetings are on Thursdays at 5 pm. Both are one hour in length. The CRC does offer peer support recovery meetings, although not all meetings are 12-Step focused. Any updates/changes to the above meetings schedule will be posted to the Thrive@DU social media pages for more information on meetings and events.

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What are the requirements for participation?

The requirements are 48 hours of sobriety is required to participate in CRC events and utilize the CRC space. If there are any questions or concerns about this, feel free to reach out to CRC staff!

What if someone needs one-on-one substance use counseling?

Briana Johnson, an HCC Staff Counselor and the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Support Services could be a possible resource for counseling or referral. The CRC itself does not provide clinical substance use counseling, detox, Intensive Outpatient Programs, or inpatient care, but has the information to provide a referral.

What if I/my student are pursuing Medication-Assisted Recovery

The HCC does not currently offer those services but would be glad to help you find assistance in the community.

What if someone is interested, or just curious about recovery?

Contact us via email at or call us (303-871-3699)!

Is CRC free?

YES! Some special events (recovery conferences, ski, sporting events, trips, etc.) may request additional funds, but generally, the CRC is available at no cost.

What if I'm looking to give/receive support but I'm not a DU student?

While the CRC is primarily for DU students, we welcome all who are interested or who believe they would benefit from our community.


Community Resources

Looking for resources in the community that provide treatment, meetings, and other services for substance use disorder? Here's a map of resources we recommend in the Denver area!

This "Addiction Resource Hub" can be used to search for treatment and support resources in Denver and around the country.

If you're looking specifically for community mental health providers, our Counseling Center Referral System may be helpful as well!

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