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Gro counseling helps students recover

The Counseling Center on campus is on the second floor of the Student Health Center. The counseling center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. EMMILIE BUCHANAN | Photo Illustration

Fall semester is coming to an end and with finals and graduation, stress levels can heighten. The counseling center on BYU-I campus offers a setting where students can go to cope with this.

The Addictions Recovery Program (ARP), coordinated through the LDS Family Services holds meetings on BYU-Idaho campus even though it is not coordinated through the University Counseling Center.

“The program is very focused on the atonement,” said Reed Stoddard, a counselor from the BYU-I counseling center. “It’s all very spiritually focused.”

The ARP is open for anyone, student or not, for no charge and aims to help those with specific addictions.

These addictions may include alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pain pills, those in debt, illegal drugs, pornography, eating disorders, etc. Other recovery counseling includes sport gros for family and friends of someone who is struggling with addictions.

“The program has a manual with 12 steps and the gro works through them all,” Stoddard said.

The schedule of when and where each recovery gro meets is found on a link to ARP services on the BYU-I Counseling Center website.

“We prefer to hold meetings in a gro setting,” Stoddard said.

Stoddard said it is more efficient for ARP to hold gro meetings and it is also more effective for gro members because they are able to hear from people going through the same problems, they are also able to help others in the gro.

Counseling services are available for students through the Counseling Center located on the south side of the BYU-I campus, north of the Hinckley building. Individual, gro and coles counseling is offered.

“One of the challenges that is faced through counseling is finding the motivation to come and continue with it,” Stoddard said, “especially when the addiction has developed patterns in your life.”

There are gros for learning about oneself and how one relates to people, women’s and men’s gros, dealing with OCD and one for learning how to manage anxiety and stress.

“We cover many topics to help you deal with [anxiety and stress] such as sleep, worry, relationships, relaxation and time management,” according to the BYU-I Counseling Center website.

Crisis intervention is also available, as well as the option of meeting with nutritionists or psychiatrists.

Each gro is completely confidential.

“Gro [counseling] may be one of the only places in which you can receive honest and sportive feedback,” according to the BYU-I Counseling Center website.

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