College students are in the highest risk category of any age group for developing a substance use disorder, yet they are the least likely to receive treatment (less than 10%). By engaging in recovery ally training, faculty and staff 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 (most students with a substance-use disorder don’t even realize it)
  • How to support for students who need help, as well as those who are already in recovery, including making successful referrals
  • Steps to build a recovery-friendly campus by understanding how language and policies perpetuate stigma, which blocks recovery, and recognizing how faculty and staff can challenge the party culture


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

Upcoming Trainings

  • Thursday, February 10, 9–11 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 17, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14, 9–11 a.m.
  • Friday, May 13, 9–11 a.m.

To register or to request training for your department or unit, please email Jamie at