USC To Offer Addiction Recovery

To students who are also recovering addicts

Patrick Gentry
June 18, 2018 - 3:50 pm

When students return to the University of South Carolina this fall, they'll find the school has added a full-time staff member who coordinates support programs for recovering addicts.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports the school has hired Larkin Cummings, who previously worked at the University of Texas-Austin in that university's recovery program.

A survey conducted in the fall of 2016 found 4 percent of the student body could use help recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. That's about 1,350 students at one time.

USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said in an email that students in recovery told school administrators that such a position is needed.

About 200 colleges and universities have a recovery program for students.

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