GW Students for Recovery (SFR) is an on-campus support group and official George Washington University student organization for all students pursuing recovery from alcohol and substance addiction as well as recovery from self-harm, eating disorders, PTSD, and other addictions. They do not promote any particular pathway to recovery and encourage members to pursue what works best for them. They have helped over 50 students in their 3-year existence and continue to partner with organizations both on and off campus.
Some SFR programs include Recovery Month an spring Recovery Day. They advocate safe and accessible community space, sober housing accommodations for students, and faculty/staff support throughout the university’s many services and activities.
One very important service that SFR provides is the Serenity Shack, a safe space on the campus of GW for students in recovery to meet, receive peer-to-peer support, and participate in student-organized recovery programs.
DCRCA recently visited the Serenity Shack for SFR’s kickoff event for Recovery Month 2015. It’s a cozy, fun space that is reminiscent of other safe spaces which have become popular over the decades, such as The Black House at Georgetown University and the Queer Student Lounge at UMBC.