All of the proceeds from the ride will be donated to the Center for Addiction Recovery.
Every year, more than 159,000 of the nation's college freshmen will drop out of school because of alcoholism or addiction. Additionally, almost 50% of alcohol and drug treatment admissions are between the ages of 18-24, which is the age of our country's college population. Housed in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, the Center for Addiction Recovery provides financial, personal, academic, and administrative support to students in recovery.
Maintaining a sober lifestyle while managing the rigors of a successful academic career can be challenging. The services provided by the Center for Addiction Recovery enable its student members to achieve acacademic excellence well above the University's average, while also providing recreational and service activities for the students.
The Center for Addiction Recovery students have an average sober GPA of 3.69 and average at least 18 hours of off-campus work that helps them support themselves through school. In its six years of existence, GSU's Center for Addiction Recovery students have maintained above a 90% retention rate, a relapse rate of below 2.5%, and graduates have ALL gone on to find jobs in their field or gotten admitted to medical school, law school, nursing school, pharmacy school, physical therapy school, or other Masters or PhD programs in their field. Students are heavily engaged in community and campus service work, and many student leaders go to West Africa during the summer to help educate underserved populations in developing countries that are struggling with substance abuse
Additionally, the Center for Addiction Recover engages in significant scholarly research that impacts the way addiction and recovery are viewed from the individual, familial, and societal perspective. The Center for Addiction Recovery and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health is currently developing an addiction studies curriculum that will seek to educate public health professionals all over the Southeast to learn how to better address prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery of our nation's #1 public health problem: Addiction and Alcoholism
The Center is modeled after the highly effective Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University and is a collaboration with Willingway Foundation.