Fairmont State University is hoping to create a safe space for those suffering with substance abuse to talk about their struggles, as the campus hosted a open-campus training to learn different ways of approaching, talking and seeking help for those with abuse issues.
“We want to be supportive and make sure they can make it through college, make sure they can go into recovery and remain and to recovery, and the entire state is highly inflicted with substance use disorders. We all know it, so it makes perfect sense that everybody does their share to help” said Andrea Pammer, director of counseling and dissability services/ advisor of collegiate recovery at Fairmont State.
The event titled ‘Recovery Is Spoken Here’ shined a light on how to foster an environment where students in or seeking recovery feel accepted by their peers, are empowered to live genuinely, feel comfortable asking for help and are celebrated by the Fairmont State community.
“It may seem intimidating if administrators are approaching them, but if they know that they are not alone and other peers are going through the same thing that they are then hopefully that will help them.” said Kori Kregecz, student coordinator with collegiate recovery.
Fairmont State will continue to host proactive substance use events through the remainder of the school year. For more ways on how you can get involved, email Recovery@FairmontState.edu.