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): spring 2016

Presentations from the 2014 Pathways to Understanding Conference:

Neuroanatomy: The Brain, It's Structure and Function, Jared Dempsey, Ph.D.

The Adolescent Brain, Sandra Brown, Ph.D.

An Overview of the Current Understanding of the Etiology and Impact of Gateway Behaviors in the Eating Disorders, Ovidio Bermudez, M.D.

Neuroscience of: Adolescent Brain Functioning and the Progression of Substance Involvement, Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D.

Neuropharmacology and Addiction, Christopher Jones, PharmD, MPH, U.S. Public Health Services

The Neuroscience of Opiate Addiction and the Power of Prescription Drug Addiction,
Susan Blank, M.D.

Practical Applications of Neuroscience in a Long-Term Young Adult Focused Addiction Treatment Model, Robert Pfeifer, MSW

Young Adult Treatment and Recovery as a State and National Priority, Neil Kaltenecker

Brain Damage and Recovery: The Resilience of the Brain, Addiction Impact and Therapeutic Repair, Michael Fishman, M.D.

Recovery in Young Adulthood: What Do We Know, What Do We Need to Know?,
John F. Kelly, Ph.D.

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 informatio.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week - NCAAW

Fall Observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week will be held ¬†October 19-25, 2014. 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.

Parent Night will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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. This year, the event will be hosted on campus in the Indoor Plaza of the Prillaman Health Science building. For more information, contact our office: 678-797-2538.

Meet & Greet will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7-9pm

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.

Register Now for the Run for Recovery 2014: Saturday, September 27, 8:30am

For more information on participating in the event or becoming a sponsor, please call or email us at 678-797-2538 -

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