ESU Hosts Recovery Walk and Unveils Dedicated Recovery Space

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on September 17, 2019, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University will host a Recovery Celebration and Walk on campus on Saturday, September 21. ESU’s wellness education and prevention department will be joined by Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, the Monroe County commissioners, State Representative Maureen Madden, and over 30 community organizations to provide information and resources related to substances use and disorder and other community services.

The event will begin on ESU’s old Rugby Field, behind Dansbury Commons at 9 a.m. with information tables, vendors, and activities. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a butterfly release to honor those lost to substance abuse outside Sycamore Suites and the unveiling of ESU’s first dedicated recovery space inside the Health & Wellness Center located in the lower level of the residence hall. Participants will then return to the Rugby Field where there will be speakers, music, and lunch.

“This new space is vital to accommodate any students who are in or seeking recovery from substance use disorder,” said Laura Suits, coordinator of wellness education & prevention. “Allowing students an escape from triggers within the collegiate environment will give them a better chance at a successful and healthy lifestyle while attending ESU.”

The recovery space will help create a community for students in recovery. It will be used for group meetings and other social functions that will allow students the necessary space and company to help succeed in recovery while in college.