All Recovery Support Groups

This group is open to any student identifying as being in recovery. The Student Support and Advocacy Center supports students in recovery around substance use, mental health concerns, disordered eating, self-injury, and other process/behavioral addictions as well as allies. Groups provide a space to talk about common experiences, to process the impacts of day-to-day recovery, and to connect to others in recovery. This group is not a therapeutic group or a substitute for therapy. 

Support Group Features 

  • Weekly meeting for 60 minutes in SSAC.  
  • Participants are encouraged to attend weekly/as often as needed; however, attendance is not required.  
  • Led by SSAC staff and interns with training on eating disorders and body image concerns.  
  • This group is open to any student, at any stage of their recovery journey. 
  • This group will be led with consistent guidelines to allow for a safer space that avoids common triggers but is open to sharing struggles and successes in recovery.  
  • New attendees to the group will be offered additional one on one support through our collegiate recovery program (Patriots for Recovery). However, participation in that support is not required to participate in the group. Members of Patriots for Recovery are expected to attend one of these meetings regularly.  

All Recovery Meets: 

  • Tuesdays (in-person at SSAC) from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm 
  • Thursdays (virtual via Zoom) from 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm 

Eating and Body Concerns Support Group 

Support groups can be a resource for students who are struggling with their body image, disordered eating, weight discrimination, and eating disorders, students who are committed to continuing their recovery, and students that feel the space would be supportive to them. Groups provide a space to talk about common experiences, to process the impacts of day-to-day recovery, and to connect to others in recovery. This group is not a therapeutic group or a substitute for therapy.  

 Support Group Features 

  • Weekly meeting for 60 minutes in SSAC.  
  • Participants are encouraged to attend weekly/as often as needed; however, attendance is not required.  
  • Led by SSAC staff and interns with training on eating disorders and body image concerns.  
  • This group is open to any student, at any stage of their recovery journey. 
  • This group will be led with consistent guidelines to allow for a safer space that avoids common triggers but is open to sharing struggles and successes in recovery.  
  • New attendees to the group will be offered additional one on one support through our collegiate recovery program (Patriots for Recovery). However, participation in that support is not required to participate in the group.   

Eating and Body Concerns Support Group meets:  

  • Thursdays (in-person at SSAC) from 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm  

 

Healing Lounge (Previously called Self-Care Space) 

Healing Lounge is a supportive space for students to decompress and hang out in community with the advocacy and recovery staff in the Student Support and Advocacy Center. The goal of the healing lounge is to provide a trauma-informed consent-focused space for students who have experienced trauma, mental health concerns, and/or are in recovery to drop-in and practice a little self and community care.  

Each week there will be several ways to engage. Students may choose to participate in planned activities such as art, meditation, grounding work, games, and more. Students may decide to use our self-care tools during the space to do what serves them best. This could be reading, playing a game, using our art supplies, talking with others, or just resting. We invite students to stop in at any time during the spaces, for however long feels right to them, and doing what centers and grounds them the most. 

Healing Lounge is offered:  

  • Tuesdays (in-person at SSAC) from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm 

 

Other Groups: Students who are looking for a therapeutic group on campus are encouraged to visit Counseling and Psychological Services at: https://caps.gmu.edu/group-counseling/ In addition, recovery staff at SSAC are available to assist students in finding community support and/or therapy groups within the community. 

Please note, our groups are not available for faculty and staff at George Mason University. If you would like assistance seeking resources, please contact our office and we would be happy to direct you to community options. In addition, some people find that their Employee Assistance Program with their insurance is a good place to start. In addition, these meetings are not suitable for classroom observation assignments or credits.