The Saint Louis University Counseling Center offers a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), Sober@SLU, to provide recovering students and their allies a safe and welcoming support network. We also welcome students interested in making positive changes regarding their alcohol, marijuana or other substance use.
The mission of the CRC is to help students achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals, while participating in the collegiate experience without the negative consequences of substance use.
SOBER@SLU Collegiate Recovery Community
Our meeting times vary each semester; please contact Jay Winig or the University Counseling Center for the schedule of meetings and events. Our newly decorated space is above the Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry in room 227, near the office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards and the University Counseling Center.
The SOBER@SLU space is where we hold meetings, but participants can also hang out on their own time to study, play video games, watch Netflix, or just relax in a quiet and substance-free environment.
The CRC hosts a variety of events, such as bowling outings, movie nights, 12-step meetings with pizza and community service projects. These drug/alcohol free events are hosted both on the Saint Louis University campus and in locations around the St. Louis area, sometimes in conjunction with other local universities. All of our programming is designed to provide:
- Fellowship: A safe place to meet like-minded people, hang out, study or just relax.
- Community: Support from alumni, faculty, staff and people from the community to help you achieve your goals.
- Achievement: A place for personal growth, accountability and academic support.
The CRC is an inclusive community, welcoming participants who are interested in attending a single event, or in making a commitment for the full academic year.
Participants in the SOBER@SLU group are interested in living sober or making positive changes to their substance use for a variety of reasons. Some are involved in 12-step recovery programs like AA, Al-Anon and ACOA, while others are just starting to question their substance use. Some participants have a family history of alcoholism, while others want to serve as allies to people in recovery.
The only requirement is that you are alcohol and drug-free when you participate in an activity.
For more information or questions, contact SOBER@SLU/CRC Chair, Jay Winig at 314-977-2833, or the University Counseling Center at 314-977-TALK.
Collegiate Recovery Community Staff and Faculty Supporters
Jay Winig, LCSW, CRADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and CRC Chair
Patrick Cousins, Campus Ministry
Renee Jonas, Student Health Services
Bill George, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
Andrea Hitsman, Office of Admission
Stephen Irwin, Alumni
Michelle Scheipeter, Flight Center for Aviation Science
Molly Thompson, Graduate Career Advisor
J.J. Janulis, Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards