Campus / News / April 1, 2010

New student-run Addicts Anonymous group reaches out to campus

Starting this term, the newly approved campus organization Addicts Anonymous will begin holding weekly meetings in an effort to reach out to students in need of support and assistance.

“[Addicts Anonymous] is about engaging people on their lifestyle choices and creating healthy lifestyles,” founder junior Laura Jorgensen said.

The meetings will be held every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on the Gizmo patio. The group is much more than just meetings, however.

“I want people to get involved and to feel free to lead their own discussions and sessions,” Jorgensen said.

“Really, the aim of the group is to expand people’s horizons and get them involved in new things outside of their usual circumstances.”

Jorgensen plans to bring in groups and speakers to talk about addiction recovery, as well as exploring extracurricular opportunities for members and different methods of expression. The larger goal is to help students find alternatives to the situations in their lives that cause them to make decisions towards addictive behavior.

“If students are uncomfortable meeting in a group, I’m willing to create a call list or can even be contacted through my K-box,” Jorgensen said. “If people want information for recovery from their addictions, they can contact me and get support for whatever they need.”

Andrew Polk

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