The field of collegiate recovery has grown rapidly in the past 5 years to meet the demand of recovery in higher education. The number of schools with known recovery supports for their students has increased nearly ten-fold. Guest speaker Teresa Johnston, Founding Director of Kennesaw State University's Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery will share her experience regarding the establishment of the collegiate recovery community and program ten years ago. KSU alumnus Caroline Benefield where share her experience as a young adult in recovery and how the CRC supported her recovery
Teresa Johnston is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Executive Director of the Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery has provided leadership, innovation and support in the field of Collegiate Recovery and the substance use continuum of care for ten years. A graduate lecturer she teaches substance use seminar in the Wellstar College of Public Health and Human Services Masters of Social Work Program. Johnston is the founding director of the Center and under her leadership the CYAAR has grown to include recovery support services on the KSU campus, a thriving collegiate recovery program, along with education and research in addiction and recovery science.
Caroline Benefield originally attended Kennesaw State in 2007, and swore she would never return after dropping out in 2008. However, thanks to the encouragement of friends who were a part of the CYAAR, Caroline returned to KSU in summer of 2014 as a person in long-term recovery and member of the Center. She graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Integrative Studies, concentrating in Sociology and Leadership. Caroline had the honor of representing KSU at various conferences, compiled and presented faculty-supported research, and most of all maintained her sobriety throughout her time at KSU. Caroline works as a full-time fundraising professional. When she is not fundraising or working with other alcoholics, she spends a large portion of her time volunteering as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, a women’s small group leader at Buckhead Church, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Junior Board of the Georgia SPCA. In her down time, Caroline enjoys reading, crocheting, playing trivia with friends and going to yoga and barre classes.