Recovery Oriented Campus Center

USM ROCC Recovery Stories


How did these students get where they are today? What does Recovery mean to them?

Click on links below to read their inspiring stories.

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  Bryn Small headshot Bryn Gallagher: ROCC Alumni 

Was I blacking out frequently? Definitely. Getting sick after most drinking nights? Yup. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone & things can get so much better.

  Ash small headshot    Ash: ROCC Alumni 

 Someone recently asked me, “What does recovery mean to you.” I reflected back on my days at USM, and later shared this story.

Small head shot of Andrew  Andrew Kiezulas: ROCC Alumni

My recovery journey began after almost two decades of active substance use. I now seek to give others the chance I was given, to realize the power of possibility.

   Emilee Orsi: USM Alumni

I don’t want any survivor or victim to feel alone. Sharing my story is important. The more you share your story the less power you give it to control you.

   Paul Mullen: ROCC Alumni

I am a recovered alcoholic / addict, and I have been sober, by the grace of God and the twelve steps, since August 14, 2009. 


Want more? Click Here for the crowd sourced map that honors and celebrates people in recovery. The information on the map lives in real time, and you can see photos and stories of individuals from all across the country whose lives have been changed by recovery!