About the CRP

The University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) provides an environment that supports the therapeutic and educational needs of Iowa students who are considering recovery, in recovery, or wanting to support those in any stage of recovery from addiction.

  • The CRP facilitates support through community building, social support, academic support, substance-free activities, advocacy, outreach, and access to resources and services available on campus.
  • The CRP is inclusive of all Iowa students seeking to recover from addictive behaviors and values the personal dignity of each member.

The CRP is sponsored by a partnership between Student Wellness, University Counseling Service (UCS), and Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Our Mission

The mission of the University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is to provide a supportive network of services and educational opportunities for students at any level of recovery from substance use and addiction (e.g., in recovery, thinking about recovery, or supportive of recovery) so students can achieve academic and personal success, free from addiction.

The CRP is not an addiction treatment program.

The CRP aspires to become a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) offering recovery-based living and social space, events, and a like-minded community of peers. Students are supported by qualified, trained, and ethical professional staff.

Review our informational flyer about what the CRP provides and how the University supports our mission. Watch our interview on Iowa’s New Now about what we do to support students wanting to change their substance use.

Contact us


Facebook: @UICRP

Instagram: @uiowacrp


Connection & Resilience Workshop

The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is offering a 4-week workshop based on Brené Brown's Connections Curriculum. The goal of this workshop is to assist students in examining the roles of shame, resilience and empathy and the impacts on how they view themselves and their relationships. This interactive workshop will include group discussions, opportunities to practice coping strategies and selected readings from Brené Brown.

Brené Brown's Connections Curriculum, is a multifaceted approach, developed to address issues relating to shame, and to facilitate the development of shame resilience. The curriculum is ideal for students working with issues such as self-esteem, love and belonging, authenticity, the development of empathy, connection, and power, and the ability to cultivate a resilient spirit.

Workshop Information
Fridays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15th Noon-1:30PM on Zoom

CRP Student Advisory Board

The University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) would like YOUR input on impacting the lives of students who desire substance use change.

The CRP Recovery Advisory Committee is a work group for students interested in leading recovery efforts on campus. We want the CRP to be a student led initiative, and being a part of this group can help impact students in a huge way. By joining our advisory committee, students will learn professional skills and how to work together for a common goal supported by the Division of Student Life.

Meetings will be held monthly through zoom:

  • Friday, September 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, November 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, February 11 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m.

Candidates do NOT have to be in recovery to apply, in fact, we are looking for students in a variety of academic programs and life experiences. Commitment is 1-2 hours per month. Email UI-CRP@uiowa.edu with the subject "Recovery Advisory Committee Interest" to get more information on how to apply.


Success, Not Excess, IMU #214 | Thursdays at 5:30PM

What is Success, Not Excess?

This group provides a safe and supportive space for UI students wanting to make or considering changes in their alcohol or other drug use. The group emphasizes success in academics, relationships, mental and physical health, and other goals through abstaining or reducing alcohol and other drug use.

The group operates from a “no pressure” approach by encouraging discussion of shared experiences and achieving success on campus by removing the barriers created by substance use.

What to expect at Success, Not Excess:

At the start of each meeting each participant is offered the opportunity to introduce themselves, discuss why they are at the group and share any successes or challenges in their week. Participants are not required to talk or share in the group if they do not want to.  This group offers space where individuals respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow members to help members cope with issues or problems in their lives.

In this group we will:

  • Learn alternative paths to have fun, socialize, and cope with stress outside of substance use.
  • Identify problems created by using and establish skills to avoid/prevent those problems.
  • Explore connections between our emotional experiences and our substance use.
  • Support each other as we work towards reducing harmful outcomes of excessive alcohol and other drug use and celebrate the successes that follow making changes.

This is not a treatment group and will not satisfy legal or other disciplinary mandates. This is a “drop-in” group with no attendance requirements. We ask students not attend the group under the influence. 

Is this group right for you?

The best way to know is to check it out, but answering yes to the following questions might indicate benefit from the group:

  1. Is my use interfering with my academic performance? My work performance? My relationships?
  2. Do I use for a “pick me up”? Out of boredom? Because I’m stressed? To fit in with others?
  3. Do I ever regret my actions after using? Blackout and not remember my actions? Get into fights after drinking/using? Get angry or embarrassed when others bring up my drinking/using?

Not ready for a support group? Students may email the group facilitator, Heidi Schmitt, LISW at heidi-r-reynolds@uiowa.edu to schedule a 1:1 meeting to check in about what the support group is like and if it’s a good fit.

Strength in Numbers: Recovery Ally Training 

The CRP is committed to reducing the stigma associated with recovery and substance use disorders. Many universities across the nation hold Recovery Ally trainings to address this need and train thousands of students, faculty and staff on this very important topic. The goals of this training include:

  1. Provide an overview of addiction and recovery
  2. Use people first language
  3. Use of empathy and cultivate skills to support students wanting to make changes to their substance use

This training last 1.5-2 hours and participants are provided with resources after the training to continue their allyship. 

Check out SAFE Project’s recovery ally pledge here.

To request this training for your campus organization, university department or class please submit a request at: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erMo9i7nKXLTjRc.


University Counseling Service (UCS)

Concerns about alcohol and other drugs (AOD) bring students to UCS for many reasons. Students may seek services from UCS because of concerns with their own use of AOD or with concerns about someone else in their lives. They may already have had trouble related to drinking/using drugs, have concerns that they might be heading in that direction, or have already made changes to their usage and would like further support to maintain these changes. 

Students can meet with a UCS counselor for a consultation to discuss the role that AOD play in their lives. Afterward, the counselor will discuss options the student may wish to pursue. The options may include, but are not limited to:

  • Group therapy
  • Brief individual therapy
  • Success, Not Excess support group
  • Case management and referrals to community referrals

Students requiring assistance beyond the scope of our AOD services at UCS may be referred to other University or community agencies.  

At UCS we acknowledge that students may have a range of goals related to their substance use, from abstinence to harm reduction. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their counselor to discuss what goals and changes they would like to make in their lives and to determine what interventions and services would most help them to achieve their goals. Substance use concerns often co-exist with other mental health concerns, and at UCS we believe in providing comprehensive care that focuses on both. We also know that making changes and improvement in one area, may not be possible without making changes in other areas.  UCS believes in collaborating with other treatment providers and medical professionals to develop treatment plans that are most appropriate for each individual student.

For more information on scheduling an appointment with UCS, call (319) 335-7294 or go to their website here.

Student Wellness 

  • Online Resources: How can you tell when you’ve had too much?  Student Wellness provides a variety of online services including online screening tools
  • Consultations: Student Wellness provides consultations on alcohol and other drug use. Confidential consultations are available with our substance abuse counselor or health educators for any questions or issues you may be experiencing. Costs: Self-referrals, are free. To make an appointment with our Substance Use Counselor (at the Westlawn location), call 319-335-8394 and ask for a self-referral appointment.

Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, its online message board and 24/7 chat room are forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support. If you’re new to SMART Recovery, get started with our introduction here.

Higher Education Center for Alcohol & Drug Misuse Prevention & Recovery

It is the mission of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery to promote student success nationally by providing data-driven solutions to alcohol and drug misuse; lead the dialogue on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse and recovery in the national agenda; and ensure the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the center’s efforts.

Iowa City Alcoholics AnonymousCocaine Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous

Anonymous groups are a traditional form of support for individuals struggling with substance abuse. There are meetings worldwide and millions of people identify with belonging to a home group or benefiting from the 12 Steps of Recovery. Anonymous groups are traditionally a spot for individuals to find hope and courage they are not alone in dealing with addiction and is a place to build community and listen to others stories of recovery.

Prelude Behavioral Services

Prelude provides a safe place that promotes healing, treats people with dignity and respect, helps people find their own solutions and achieve their goals, and is with you throughout your recovery journey. Prelude offers a comprehensive approach utilizing evidence-based treatment to meet the needs of people struggling with substance abuse.

At the University of Iowa, we recognize that recovery is a journey. We realize that there is a continuum for students identifying with an addiction, receiving treatment, being in recovery, and adjusting to sober life outside of a treatment program. The UI has formed the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) to support students at all stages of recovery.

The CRP is not a treatment facility. The CRP provides support for students who are actively pursuing recovery or want to be supportive of students in recovery. Through the CRP students can connect to other resources offered by the UI that are supportive to recovery and their academic journey.

Association of Recovery in Higher EducationLetter to Parents 

Upcoming events

CEU: Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)Considerations for Effective Interdisciplinary Care June 29, 2022 / 9am - 4pm CT / via Zoom Register: https://uisharedservices.wufoo.com/forms/medications-for-opioid-use-diso... Registration is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email in advance of the course. Training Summary Participants will be able to name medications used in treatment of Opioid Use Disorders, be able describe how to create a supportive environment for clients...
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About our team

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Heidi Schmitt, LISW, University Counseling Service

Heidi (she/her/hers) serves as a co-coordinator of the CRP and is also a staff therapist at the University Counseling Service.  She supports students in or seeking recovery from a substance use disorder by co-facilitating Success, Not Excess, providing direct support to students through individual recovery planning, co-facilitating Strength in Numbers: A Recovery Ally training and assisting with outreach to grow the vision of the CRP at the University of Iowa. 

Heidi grew up in Eastern Iowa and is a proud Hawkeye. Heidi received her BA in History and Interdisciplinary Studies from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. 


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Karen Grajczyk-Haddad, MPH, CADC, CHES, Student Wellness

Karen (she/her/hers) serves as a co-coordinator of the CRP and is a Senior Behavioral Health Consultant at Student Wellness. Karen supports student in recovery by coordinating the CRP student advisory board, organizing and leading marketing and communications for the CRP, co-facilitating Success, Not Excess, co-facilitating Strength in Numbers: A Recovery Ally training and strategizing the growth of the CRP.

Karen is a South-Eastern Michigan native and graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS & MPH in Public Health (MPH program formally known as the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health).