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COVID-19 Updates from Cougars in Recovery

Latest Updates from Cougars in Recovery as of August 20, 2020

Cougars in Recovery will continue to serve the UH community via phone and video. In-person support will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Beginning August 24th CIR staff will be back in the office Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Wearing a mask will be required for all face-to-face appointments. If you need support, please contact our department at 713.743.1026 or for more details on how to schedule an appointment.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911. For all other crises, UH Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available 24/7 by dialing, 713.743.5454. If your call is after business hours, please follow the prompts to be connected to the after-hours counselor.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate this dynamic situation and strive to best serve you during this challenging time. We apologize in advance for any glitches that may occur with technology. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties and we will do our best to address any issues as quickly as possible. Please check back to this page for the most current information.

Program Director, John Shiflet
Phone: 713.743.5826

  • Welcome

    A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

    Cougars in Recovery (CIR) provides students in recovery from addiction a safe and sober environment that assists and supports them as they pursue their academic and professional goals, walk the path of recovery, and participate in the diverse social opportunities available on campus.



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  • 150+Over the last six years CIR has provided services to 150 + uh students
  • 43CIR has 43 alumni
  • 3.23Average cumulative GPA for CIR community for FY19
  • 98%FY19 recovery rate was 98%



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Source of Strength

This program will engage students who are in recovery from alcohol and/or other addictions through a series of leadership trainings and Cougars in Recovery events.

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Career Ready Coogs

Career Ready Coogs offers individualized support in professionalism, resume building, networking, and interviewing. Support ranging from how to address experienced gaps of employment and/or academic training from incarceration or treatment in a resume and interview setting, to members who are newly embarking on their career search, Career Ready Coogs targets it all.

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Outdoor Adventure Learning Experience

Through the Outdoor Adventure Learning experience our community members are able to reach their highest heights in recovery. Community members and staff travel to a state park, national park, and an international destination to camp and hike. Integrating leadership development, participants can expect growth interpersonally, in their community, and in their recovery.


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