1. Is the BARC a treatment center?
No. The BARC is not set up to provide treatment, though we work with treatment providers particularly as we set up re-integration plans for returning to academic life. If you are looking for treatment, please let us know and we can help. If you are a treatment provider looking to help a student return to school, we would love to be part of your aftercare planning.
2. Is the BARC for me?
Are you seeking recovery, in recovery, or recovered from an alcohol or substance use disorder, or a process addiction like gambling, self-harm, sex/porn, gaming, or eating disorder? Do you stay sober because you have a family member or friend who has struggled with addiction or because your mental health recovery requires sobriety? If so, then yes, the BARC is definitely for you. If you're not sure you qualify, come check us out and we'll definitely help you figure out where you belong.
3. Is this just for alcohol and drugs?
The BARC is part of a national community called the Association for Recovery in Higher Education. With that comes a primary focus on keeping our community safe for students with alcohol and substance use disorders. However, we are open to serving students with any sort of addiction and we really mean that. There are plenty of meetings that are designed primarily for students with other forms of addiction disorders.
4. Is there a minimum sobriety length requirement?
No! Whether you are in the first month of your recovery or have years under your belt and are returning to school, you are welcome to attend our meetings and use our space.
5. How do I know if I have a problem?
If you're not sure where you're at, the Baylor Counseling Center has some great anonymous online screening tools you can access right here. If you're not sure that your problem needs recovery, we invite you to check out one of our meetings or contact us with any questions or concerns and we'd love to sit down and talk to you about it.
6. How should I seek help if I have a problem with alcohol?
It can be absolutely overwhelming when you realize you have a problem, and it feels like there are a lot of steps to take. There are a lot of entrances on the path to recovery- even on this campus! You can contact the Health Center, the Counseling Center, Case Management, or us. We'd love to offer support during your journey and depending on where you are in the recovery process depends on how we can help. If that sounds too intimidating, try making it to a meeting to see you're not alone in the process.
7. What do I do if I have a friend who I think has a problem?
You made the right first move in coming to us! Come to an Al-Anon meeting, or meet with us so we can understand more about the situation and how to best approach the situation. Baylor also has a number of tools so that you can report a friend you believe is struggling - including here.
8. What type of events does the BARC host and how do I stay up to date on what is happening at the BARC?
If you follow us on Facebook @BaylorRecoveryPrograms or check out our calendar you can stay up to date on the variety of events happening at the BARC. An example of just a few of the events we host are therapy dogs, Bob Ross painting, Naloxone training, and contemplative prayer & meditation!
9. Does the BARC or Baylor offer housing for students in recovery?
Unfortunately, we do not have a specific on campus residence for students in recovery at the moment. However, we often help students find roommates in recovery or who are recovery friendly! Let us know and we can do our best to help!
10. Do I have to apply to attend meetings or come to the BARC?
We do not have an application process. We invite anyone to walk in however they feel most comfortable, whether that is to meetings first or a one-on-one meeting with staff so we can introduce you to the community.
11. How much do services cost?
There is no fee associated with attending the BARC or our events.
12. How do we work with the counseling center?
We can help connect and walk with students to the counseling center as well as work with them on different students' cases. We have a great relationship with the counseling center - you may in fact sometimes see some of our specialty counselors over in the BARC leading groups and lectures. They design the curriculum for the fall GRIT group. We strongly encourage students seeking recovery to utilize the resources of the counseling center. Their services are also totally free for students.
13. Are you a confidential resource?
We are not confidential in the same way that the counseling center or health center are. We are required to report if a student is actively at risk for harming themselves or others and we are mandatory reporters to Title IX. We value students privacy to the maximum ability we can, and do our best that no one outside of the BARC will know of your involvement without your consent. We have a longer policy on the subject we can go over with you if you have any questions.