NEWARK, NJ — Returning Rutgers-Newark students in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction can spend less time worrying about bills and more time focusing on their sobriety thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the university announced Wednesday. 

The $1.1 million recovery housing grant will offset the costs of housing, books, parking and meals for undergraduate and graduate students. Barbaros Dinler, director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) at Rutgers-Newark, said this is the first time the university has received this support for its students in recovery. 

“Students in recovery face complex issues. Some may have depleted their financial aid, while others may have lost the trust of their family and face homelessness,” Dinler said in a statement.

“Recovery housing isolates students from others who might be using alcohol or drugs and shields students in recovery from having to explain why they are not using,” Dinler said. “For those with a renewed sense of commitment to moving their lives forward by furthering their education, the recovery grant helps them to build community among similarly situated individuals.