Nevada Recovery and Prevention Community (NRAP), created in 2011, is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and focuses on empowering students in sobriety to excel personally and academically. NRAP’s peer driven approach promotes empathic living through wellness programming. By providing easy access to the drop-in lounge, various recovery and wellness meetings, academic support, social events, and like-minded peers, NRAP members assist each other and interested visitors to more easily traverse the rocky road of living sober and healthy in college. Evidence shows that individuals struggling with substance use disorders who receive services from peer mentors experience a myriad of positive outcomes which include: reduction in substance use and relapse, decreased criminal justice involvement, improved access to social supports and increased life satisfaction.
Since our inception, over 100 members have graduated, with roughly 1/3 of them continuing on to graduate school! NRAP member’s average GPA is 3.4 and our members are regularly celebrated through various awards. Most importantly though, we are FAMILY. Students spend holidays together, are present when members get married, have children, and open businesses.
Inside Out is an online/in-person hybrid collegiate recovery peer mentor training that equips students to become effective leaders within the CRP. Through this training potential mentors are provided information about recovery, how recovery has been supported within the college environment, and complicating factors that might emerge with students as they travel their path of recovery as well as prepare them to advocate for better resources for the addiction and mental health recovery field.
We are seeking support to assist in hosting our next training planned for winter 2020. Funds raised will cover costs associated with the in-person portion of the training when peer participants gather together to practice skills from the online training and facilitate bonding through a family like setting by problem-solving various real-world scenarios, cooking healthy meals, and completing a leadership outdoor obstacle course. The in-person training usually consists of 12 people, 10 students and 2 faculty members. This year the in-person training will be complying with all university and state social distancing guidelines. Training attendees will be required to wear facial coverings, engage in frequent hand washing and/or sanitizing and all surfaces will be disinfected before and after use.
COVID-19 has and will continue to make a negative impact on our nation’s mental health. Since the stay-at-home orders began in March, 47% of the US adult population has experienced a depressive episode and there has been an 11% increase in overdoses. Mental health issues are rising and budgets are decreasing. Students will continue to need recovery support services and creating recovery mentors will be one way the University can support its students.
Join us in supporting our students and ensuring the next generation has a recovery family at the University of Nevada, Reno.