Into the Light

Too often we ignore what we believe has no effect on our lives, but addiction affects those around us in many ways. From the loss of someone we love to overdose, to the hope of a life in recovery, there are many stories to be told. For this project, each piece of paper includes words or images from someone in or someone who knows someone in recovery from, still struggling with, or lost to addiction. The purpose of this project is to take these stories out of the shadows and into the light.

This art installation will be on display in the Social Science Building Atrium (1st floor) from September 2-September 17, 2015.

Click here to see the exhibit.


With a strong commitment to the advancement of the research, education and services provided to young adults in recovery pursuing higher education; the CYAAR hosts conferences, meetings and workshops bringing together individuals with common interests in this field. The 2012 3rd National Collegiate Recovery Conference brought together the expertise of those working in research, treatment, counseling and higher education.

Pathways to Understanding Conference Series
A series of annual conferences addressing the neuroscience behind addiction, treatment and recovery in young adults. Presented by the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, and hosted on the campus of Kennesaw State University.

Neuroscience, Addiction & Young Adults (part 1 of 3): April 2-4, 2014
Neuroscience, Treatment & Young Adults (part 2 of 3): April 8-10, 2015
Neuroscience, Recovery & Young Adults (part 3 of 3): April 6-8, 2016**

CRC Events

Since the Collegiate Recovery Community is built on peer support, several times during the year, CRC students participate in community events. With the busy lives of students it is important to have several occasions that everyone can get together. Events include holiday parties and back to school events.

Celebration of Recovery

Celebration of Recovery is a meeting open to KSU students and the community. The meeting is held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 PM during the fall and spring semesters. Celebration is cancelled when that date falls on a holiday or school closing. Please contact our office for room location and other information.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week - NCAAW

Fall Observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is held each year in October. College and university students will join with their peers on more than 1,000 campuses across the country to promote NCAAW. During NCAAW, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events, all designed by the campus’ peer education group to reinforce personal responsibility and respect for current state laws and school policies when it comes to the consumption of alcohol beverages.

Parent Night

The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery invites the parents of CRC students along with CYAAR Board members to Parent Night each year. The event creates an opportunity for parents to learn more about KSU, the CYAAR program, meet the staff and board and meet other parents of students in recovery pursuing their degree.

The CRC Parent Event will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2-4pm

Meet & Greet the Board

The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery Meet & Greet is designed to bring connection between the CYAAR administration and board members and the students of the Collegiate Recovery Community.

Celebration of Recovery Scholarship Breakfast

The Celebration of Recovery Scholarship Breakfast is an annual event held to raise funds for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery's Endowed and Non-Endowed Scholarships as well as the Student-Learning Initiatives in the Collegiate Recovery Community. The 2015 guest speaker will be Moanica Caston, Vice President of Diversity at Georgia Power.

The Celebration of Recovery Scholarship Breakfast will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:30-9:00am at the Double Tree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell.

For more information, please contact us at (470)KSU-2538 or

Run for Recovery

The Run for Recovery is a 5k run/walk benefit held annually to support the Collegiate Recovery Community at the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR). All proceeds from the event go towards the scholarship and programming funds available to the members of this program who are in recovery from an addiction and working towards receiving a degree at Kennesaw State University. Each year, the race brings hundreds of participants together to celebrate recovery during September, National Recovery Month.

For more information on participating in the event or becoming a sponsor, please call or email Elizabeth Lang at (470)KSU-7718 /