by SAM PISCOPO
Students at the University of Nevada, Reno can finally find comfort in knowing there is a safe haven for people wanting to get help with addictions, or those who just want to have clean fun. Nevada’s Recovery & Prevention Community (N-RAP) provides resources to help students get support from those who want to live a sober life. A project of The Stacie Mathewson Foundation, N-RAP encourages its members to “connect, grow, and thrive”.
“When I was in grad school, I always wanted to create this recovery place,” said Daniel Fred, the project coordinator for N-RAP. “[We are] not just a place for recovery, but for students who want to stay sober, make new friends, and just have fun.”
Since its inception in January 2012, N-RAP has expanded its services to include a newly designed lounge – located in the William J. Raggio Building on campus – and seminars that are offered three days a week on issues including eating disorders, impulse control, interpersonal violence, and others. The organization also offers memberships with UNR’s Campus Recreation & Wellness – or “Lombardi passes”.
“Whatever students want or need, they can get,” Fred said. “This isn’t a place just for treatment. With the lounge, the hangouts, and support groups, students can really find an amazing sober support area with N-RAP.”