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Students for Recovery

Welcome to the Student Recovery Lounge

Student Recovery office desk

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

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Are you in recovery, or interested in exploring recovery — from any substance, behavior, pattern or relationship that causes suffering in your life?

Students for Recovery holds supportive, safe space for students on recovery journeys and their allies. You can connect with Students for Recovery in whatever way feels comfortable to you: Drop by the new Recovery Lounge in Melville 303. See open hours and one-on-one times for fall 2022 below. Send Maureen and email mbabineau@berkshirecc.edu or join us for our weekly all-recovery meeting listed below. Newcomers and students exploring recovery are always welcome!

Students for Recovery is an informal group for students in any stage of their journey, and honors all pathways of recovery. We meet in person and virtually to support each other in recovery, social and academic pursuits.

In May 2021, Berkshire Community College (BCC) became an institutional member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). Check out the Collegiate Recovery website for national student opportunities, conference, and resources. If you're interested in student membership or attending the annual conference virtually, please contact Maureen!

Maureen Babineau

Maureen Babineau, M.A., is an education/recovery specialist and person in long-term recovery.

"I view recovery through a wellness lens, and support students holistically in recovery, wellness, peer connection, and navigating college. I love hearing from you — please reach out at mbabineau@berkshirecc.edu!"

Fall 2022 Weekly Offerings

Location: Recovery Lounge, Melville 303

Offering Description Days and Times
All-Recovery Meeting

A mutual aid meeting that honors all pathways of recovery. Open to all current students and alumni in recovery, exploring recovery and allies. We use an inclusive format in a safe and inviting space. Note: The last meeting before winter break is Dec. 8.

Thursday: 1 to 2 p.m.
Recovery Office Hours Drop In with Maureen

Drop in for in-person, confidential, one-on-one recovery chats, resources and support.

Thursday: noon to 1 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.
Virtual One-on-One Recovery Support If our normal office hours don't work for you, please reach out to Maureen at mbabineau@berkshirecc.edu to schedule a virtual time. Tuesday through Friday
Student/Peer Connection at the Recovery Lounge

Enjoy the space to study, take a breath or meet at a friend during your day!

Monday and Tuesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Forums and Events

D-Stress Fest

Hosted by Personal Counseling and Students for Recovery

When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Connector
Who: All students are welcome-bring a friend and have some fun, food and fellowship before finals!

  • Local Resources

    Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for those coping with a loved one's addiction. For local information and to access virtual meetings, contact Peter Babineau at pbabineau@learn2cope.org.

    Rural Recovery Resources is a peer-support recovery center, fostering community, communication, and referrals. They offer in-person All-Recovery Meetings at 7 p.m. on Fridays, at 60 Bridge St, Great Barrington, and over Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Join in via Zoom. You can also reach out to Gary Pratt at gary@rsyp.org.

  • Online Resources

    Apps

    In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. It embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.

    Insight Timer is a free library of more than 80k guided meditations and talks for stress reduction, grounding and self-care.

    Online Communities and Fellowships

    The Phoenix is an online community serving 42,000 members nationwide, and offering a huge range of fitness, yoga and meditation classes online. The Phoenix's mission is to build a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover and live.

    Recovery Dharma has a mission to support individuals on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles, Recovery Dharma offers dozens of weekly meetings online.

    Alcoholics Anonymous- Western Mass Intergroup and Berkshire County Intergroup meet face-to-face and in virtual mutual aid meetings.

    Berkshire County Narcotics Anonymous offers face-to-face and virtual mutual aid meetings.

    Berkshire County Al-Anon is a "fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems." Visit face-to-face and in virtual mutual aid meetings.