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Sober in College (SiC) is a student organization aimed at providing an environment geared towards living and promoting a sober lifestyle.


Our group works to bring together students who are recovering from substance abuse issues and students who choose to live a sober lifestyle. We also welcome anyone who is supportive of sobriety and recovery based lifestyles, as well as anyone who may be in hopes of finding recovery.

Through a multifaceted setup, Sober in College brings recovery support to campus for students in recovery, as well as social functions that are based on a substance-free lifestyle, in order to promote a sense of belonging and to foster long term recovery. We aim to help students enjoy an authentic college experience without the use of alcohol or other drugs.

Who We Are

As an organization, Sober in College aims to provide a supportive community and a path to success by achieving balance in sobriety, education, and emotional well-being. SIC is welcoming of all people regardless of background, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. At Sober in College functions and educational events, we promote a sober environment by enforcing our three main principles: willingness, honesty, and open mindedness. Through creating a community and fostering relationships we strive to help individuals conceive and maintain a sober lifestyle. Our members believe that by developing this lifestyle we can enthusiastically enjoy our college experience, maintain our sobriety, and feel welcome and included as a full member of the Mizzou family.

Three Branches of Membership

Our three branches of membership are set up for several different reasons. These are not meant to be labels, and are definitely not permanent. We feel that having three tiers allows students to experience recovery in a way that is comfortable for them. In many cases, students have joined Sober in College as an ally or an SNR member and transitioned into a more recovery focused lifestyle. Our members also believe that the three branches allow for each member of SiC to maintain more control over their personal anonymity. Publicly identifying as a member of Sober in College does not also mean that a member is stating that they are in recovery or part of a 12-step fellowship.

Sober in Recovery

Our members who are sober in recovery are students who are recovering from substance abuse and addiction. These members are usually also involved with 12-steps groups or treatment based recovery outside of the Mizzou. Sober in College is meant to be a supplement to other recovery programs not a replacement . We instead hope to provide an additional resource to help students to bridge the gap between life as a student and life in recovery.

Sober not Recovering (SNR)

Some of our members identify as “Sober but not in recovery.” These students may choose to be sober for any number of reasons such as a family history of alcoholism/addition, or for religious purposes.


In addition to students living sober lifestyles, Sober in College is also welcoming of anyone who is supportive of people who do choose to live sober. These students may for instance have a family member or significant other in recovery and come to our meetings to learn how to be more supportive of them.

What We Do

Sober in College hopes to bring students together to help strengthen their recovery and show the community that it is possible to have a fun and authentic college experience without the use of drugs or alcohol. Our stigma reducing approach is rooted in three different aspects of organizational involvement.


At Sober in College one of our three platforms is education. Through interactive peer education events, we hope to spread awareness on the topics of living a sober lifestyle, addiction/alcoholism, and recovery. We aim to normalize sobriety, mollify the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding recovery, and provide information about ways to be an ally both to sober individuals and those who wish to become sober.

Recovery Support Meeting

Through our weekly recovery support meetings, we provide support and discuss issues surrounding recovery. These meetings allow our members to meet with other students who are recovering and working through similar issues. In these meetings we offer a safe space for discussing our challenges and our successes, while fostering supportive relationships with other students in recovery.

Social Functions

Through the use of social events, we hope to build community both amongst sober individuals and their allies. Living a sober lifestyle does not mean that one cannot wholeheartedly enjoy their college experience. SiC encourages all people to enthusiastically experience our lifestyle through our social events.


Sober in College Organizational Meetings

SiC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Wellness Resource Center (in the basement of the Mizzou Student Center)

Our organizational meetings function as a place for members of SiC to hang out and relax. Members use this time to discuss general business, plan events, and build relationships with one another.

The Bridge (Recovery Support Meeting)

Unfortunately we are no longer able to facilitate our recovery support meetings. Please see a list of AA/ Al-Anon/ and NA meetings in the community here.

Recovery Resources

Local 12-Step Fellowships

Alcoholics Anonymous

Find Local AA Meetings Here:
Local AA Answering Service: 573-442-4424

Narcotics Anonymous

Find Local NA Meetings Here:
National 24-Hour Help Line: 1-800-945-HOPE


Sober in College
G202 MU Student Center
Columbia, MO 65211