Kristin Hohman
Staff Writer

“Addiction can affect anyone,” said Students in Recovery (SiR) President Michael Plas. “…and those that suffer from it or are affected by it are not alone.”

SiR is a new student-run club on Lorain County Community College’s campus centered toward providing a safe place for those whose lives have been changed by addiction.

The club will offer monthly meetings open to any LCCC and University Partnership students, according to Plas.

“There is no requirement to become a member. The only thing the SiR club asks for people who attend and become a member of the club is to respect one another’s anonymity,” Plas said.

SiR provides members with the support of those in the recovery process, as well as providing vital information for those afflicted with addiction, their friends, and their family.

“[The goal of SiR is] to provide support and education to students at LCCC who have difficulties with addiction, or have a family member or friend with an addiction related issue,” Plas said.

He continued, “[SiR wants] to provide educational resources and awareness to students in need about recovery.”

SiR has been chartered in coordination with the new Caring Advocates for Recovery Education (CARE) Addiction and Recovery Center. The center, ]located in BU113D, provides appointments for those seeking recovery.

“The new club and CARE center will give students with alcohol, drug, and other addictive behaviors a place to meet and interact with those who are leading a balanced lifestyle,” said LCCC Student Life Manager Selina Gaddis.

The CARE center offers scheduled or walk-in appointments with counselors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., while a referral specialist will be available on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“[We are looking] to provide opportunities for students…to meet in a safe and confidential environment where they can interact with those who are actively involved in the recovery community,” Plas said.

Students in Recovery meet on the last Monday of every month. The next meeting will be held on April 27 at 4 p.m. in BU 113.