Annual bonfire lights the way for collegiate recovery

November 19, 2019

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Student journalist Michael Sim wrote a great feature story about The Cove here:

Annual bonfire lights the way for collegiate recovery

“I’m never going to waiver in my support,” says Jorge Bru, expressing a commitment to supporting college students recovering from substance use.


When Bru was hired as the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) educator for Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) in 2014, they were recruited with a space like The Cove in mind. As a UC Santa Cruz alumnus, Bru recalls how much a collegiate recovery community would have helped them during their own time as a student in the early stages of recovery in 1999.


“My experience would have been completely different,” Bru noted of those early years.


Recent drug and alcohol-related overdoses on campus and a national upward trend in opioid-related deaths are troubling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017 (67.8% of all drug overdose deaths). With opioids, alcohol, and other drug-related concerns, there has been a greater call to action. The Cove now provides free naloxone kits to anyone asking for one. Naloxine is a life-saving drug that can mitigate the effects of opioids and help prevent an overdose. ...

...Read the full article on the Student Success Division's website at Annual bonfire lights the way for collegiate recovery