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UW-Madison Creates Recovery Space

23 September 2016 Written by 

From The Daily Cardinal By Katie Scheidt: Madison’s reputation as a party campus filled with hard-drinking students has long served as a draw for incoming freshmen, and such was the case for now-senior Carter Kofman.

However, following UW-Madison’s ranking as the top party school in the nation by the Princeton Review, discrepancies appeared between responses from university officials and many students on campus. The university quickly issued a statement criticizing the “high-risk alcohol” use on campus by calling it “a pressing public health concern,” while many students celebrated the school’s crowning rank on social media.

“I think it's a thrill,” Kofman said. “I could party here—all the time. That's why I chose it, it's exciting. Turns out, I wasn't the right person to be here. I'm not the best fit for this environment because it just enabled me. But it was exciting.”

Kofman took time off from school during his sophomore year to refocus his life and seek recovery. He returned to school in January 2015 and quickly became involved with Live Free, a registered student organization that focuses on student wellness and recovery.

“[Live Free] is an additional resource, or the resource, that mitigates a student having to choose between continuing their education and their recovery,” said Cody Fearing, UW-Madison senior and Live Free’s community outreach coordinator. “For me, I had to drop out to get sober. I don't want students to have to choose between education and recovery.”

While excessive drinking can adversely affect a student’s own physical or mental health, academics, relationships or legal standing, the drinking culture of UW-Madison can also affect students who choose to abstain from drinking or who choose to drink at low volumes.

 Continue Reading The Original Publication By: Katie Scheidt @ The Daily Cardinal

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