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Recovery Support at TCNJ

The College of New Jersey is a place for Recovery. Graciously provided through grant funding from the State of New Jersey, TCNJ’s program includes Recovery Housing (Lion’s House), counseling, extensive substance-free late-night programming (RECreate Your Night), and an inspiring and supportive group of students who make up the Collegiate Recovery Community.

Recovery Housing: Lion’s House

HOME is such an important concept in life. It is a place that feels safe, a place that is comfortable, and a place that has supportive people who share similar values and are working towards similar goals. Lion’s House is a substance-free, on-campus housing option for students who identify with recovery. There is no additional cost to live in Lion’s House, however, there is an application process. More information can be found on the Lion’s House Page.

Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)

Recovery, like all of life, is best done in a community. TCNJ’s recovery community is a place for students in recovery and allies of recovery. It is a place where those who have been impacted by addiction and other mental health issues can find belonging, purpose, authentic relationships, and support. We meet weekly to discuss recovery issues, plan and engage in advocacy to make TCNJ “recovery friendly”, and have fun through social and community activities. By bringing together the strength of students in recovery and allies of recovery; Recovery Happens at TCNJ!

The CRC meets every Wednesday in the Recovery Lounge (Rec Renter Rm 235) at 3:30 pm.                                                      They also host All-Recovery meetings Mondays @ 8 pm and Fridays @ 5:30 pm in the same location.

To get involved or for more information contact call (609) 771-2134 or email Eric Van Eck (

Recovery Coaching

There is something special that happens when two people with similar lived experience share with one another. Our programs Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are eager to meet with students who are in (or are seeking) recovery. The goal of recovery coaching is to help an individual grow, cultivate, and foster a healthy lifestyle tailored to their recovery goals.

RECreate Your Night

RECreate Your Night allows additional options for substance-free activities on campus by aiming to provide a safe, inclusive, and fun environment for all students. Programming focuses on positive well-being, creativity, movement, and social engagement. From sports to crafts, wellness nights, and more, come join other students for weekly nights of fun. You are welcome here!

Social Media @tcnjcrc

Follow us on social media for events and other CRC-related information.


Am I a good candidate for TCNJ’s Collegiate Recovery Program?

It is not uncommon for people in recovery to question if they are “college material.” After years of witnessing recovering students thrive, we want to say, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! If you have a desire to continue your education we encourage you to take the steps necessary to do so because, after all, the only way to find out if something is for you is to give it a try!!

TCNJ has a reputation for being a competitive institution because it is, and students in recovery don’t get special admissions treatment. Unfortunately, some students’ grades do not reflect their capability. We suggest in order to support your application for admission that students take additional courses at a community college (getting good grades of course!), engage in community service/extra-curricular, and write a strong personal statement. Some students choose to write about their experience in recovery and how the courage, strength, and perseverance required to maintain their recovery makes them an excellent candidates for TCNJ. Ultimately, we encourage you to discuss your application with an admissions counselor that can provide guidance on submitting a strong application.

Can you tell me more about TCNJ’s CRC?

TCNJ’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) supports students in their recovery from substance use and other mental health concerns. The CRC is a safe place for individuals AND ALLIES (people who identify through family and friends) to heal and grow with one another.

The CRC has weekly general community meetings, facilitate weekly on-campus “All-Recovery” support meetings, hosts countless fun activities each semester (to build lasting and meaningful friendships), and also organizes a bunch of advocacy events on campus (to help spread awareness and reduce stigma).

The CRC has its own space in the Rec-Center (The Recovery Lounge) which is like a home away from home for the students involved! Most of their events are held there and it’s a great place to unwind, relax, and connect.

Who can join the CRC?

The CRC is for students in or seeking recovery and for students that consider themselves allies of recovery. Many of these students want to be around people that understand and support their journey. An ally of recovery is someone who has been impacted by a family member or friend with an addiction or mental health concern. We invite all individuals who identify with the recovery process to come see what we are all about!

If I am an alumni how can I be involved?

Join the Recovery Alumni Chapter!! Email to find out more!

What are some of the past events?

We value community bonding and outreach. Some past activities have included, the ARHE Skiathon,  recovery comedy shows, guest speakers, The Anonymous People documentary and panel discussion, and the end-of-year “Restaurant Crawl”. These are just a few of our activities, we are just getting started!

That CRC logo is pretty cool. Is there any symbolism there?

Our logo was created by one of our very talented CRC students and represents some of what we believe and who we are as TCNJ’s CRC. The compass symbolizes the journey toward recovery and academic achievement.




Alcohol and Drug Support Services
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628