Recovery is Spoken Here: Recovery Ally Training provides essential information for faculty, staff and alumni of Illinois State.

Why? College students are in the highest risk category of any age group for developing a substance use disorder, yet college campuses are traditionally considered to be “recovery-hostile environments” and college students are the least likely group to seek out help.

By engaging in recovery ally training, you will learn about: 

  • Recovery for Redbirds, Illinois State University’s collegiate recovery community
  • Symptoms that indicate a substance use disorder or the need for recovery
  • How to provide support for individuals in need of help, as well as those who are already in recovery, including how to make a successful referral
  • How language and policies perpetuate stigma (which blocks recovery)
  • How to challenge the party culture


Jamie Laurson, Alcohol and Other Drug Interventionist and Recovery for Redbirds Advisor, Student Conduct and Community Responsibilities

Upcoming Training

Tuesday, February 9, 1–3 p.m. (sign up through the HR employee portal)
Wednesday, March 17, 1–3 p.m. (sign up with Angell Howard)
Tuesday, April 13, 10 a.m.–noon
Friday, May 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

To register for the April or May training or to request a training, please email Jamie at