St. Cloud, Minn —
For students in recovery, staying sober can be hard, but one group on campus is helping students keep it that way.
“It’s a priceless, priceless experience seeing the growth in those students,” says Thaddeus Rybka, the Coordinator of St. Cloud State’s Recovery Community.
The Recovery Community started in 2012 with the intention of helping guide students through college who are recovering and don’t want to go back to their old habits.
“We’ve helped many students pursue their college degree, we’ve had a few students graduate and really see their potential,” says Thaddeus
For one student, there is a sense of accomplishment in that.
“For me, there’s a sense of pride in being the first one and being able to finish, but knowing that I have to stay connected and stay grounded,” says Nathan Anderson, a student in the Recovery Community.
Both Thaddeus and Nathan can agree on one thing.
“Giving back is something that we’re taught early in recovery to do because it helps us to get out of our own heads and it really allows us to embrace our own recovery and our identity,” says Thaddeus.
“I don’t do it for other people,” Nathan remarked, “It sounds weird to say it, but I do it for myself because it helps keep me sober by being selfless and helping out and letting other people see that recovery works.”
Tuesday night was the Recovery Community’s monthly Recovery Rocks event, but it isn’t just for people who are in recovery.
“It’s a way for us to get some exposure on campus,” says Thaddeus, “and show other students and faculty members, staff and community that recovery works.”
“The things that help me now are still going to help me five years later,” says Nathan.
This year, the Recovery Community has seven students and has had three people graduate from the program. If you’d like to learn more about the St. Cloud State Recovery Community, you can visit their website at scsu.com/recoverycommunity. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter @SCSUrecovery and @SCSU_Recovery