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Julie Gehlen
CLEAN Coordinator and Recovery Coach
(800) 249-6412  ext. 6527
(218) 723-6527
clean@css.edu

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CLEAN Recovery Services

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CLEAN Services and support for students in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction

CLEAN is a collegiate recovery program serving students in the Twin Ports in their path to recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. CLEAN is a community-based, peer-driven recovery support program that provides individual coaching and a supportive community of people in recovery. While certain elements are specific to St. Scholastica students, most are available for students from any of the Twin Ports colleges once they become a member of CLEAN.

CLEAN has three programs or "tracks" within its service options. We meet students in all stages and levels of recovery. The program has different levels of support. Please call the CLEAN Program (218-723-6527) to talk through what services and supports might be best for you.

What CLEAN Recovery Services are – and what they aren't

Recovery services provide a framework through which students fully engage in the college experience while living a life of recovery. It is based on fostering a community of support. It is designed for students ready for college or ready to continue their college education, but desiring accountability and support to enhance their recovery. Recovery services also exist to assist students with the application process and transitioning into the Duluth/Superior recovery community.

The CLEAN Program is a recovery support program, not a treatment program. Most students who are in the program have completed in-patient or outpatient treatment and have been sober for a few months or years. Programming is focused on supporting those who are active in their recovery. In addition to connecting students to resources in the Counseling Center, The Center for Equal Access (Disability Resources), and Academic Advising, students in CLEAN are supported with these programs and services:

CLEAN Programs and Services

• Weekly Peer Coaching (1:1)
• Weekly Community Meetings
• 3 Twelve-Step meetings per week or like activity
• Drug Testing
• Drop In Safe Space
• Have a sponsor or like support
• Community Service
• CLEAN Sober Living/On Campus Housing (optional)
• Self-Improvement Seminar (optional)
• Sober Saints (CSS Student Club) (optional)
• Realize Your Resilience Group (optional)
• Bi-Weekly Community Meal (optional)

CLEAN, Sober Living 

CLEAN Housing is a strictly sober environment allowing students of St. Scholastica as well as students who attend local colleges and universities to live out the principles of recovery as a community with the support of roommates and neighbors. Residents are expected to be fully committed to 12-step recovery (or equivalent program), community service work, and fostering relationships with their roommates. The sober living community is located on-campus within a traditional student apartment building with one floor exclusively for sober living. Students in CLEAN housing are more autonomous than halfway housing or traditional sober housing, thus it is appropriate for mature and responsible students. Students who opt into CLEAN housing sign a lease agreement with CSS Residential Life.

Joining the CLEAN Program

 We aim to support each person in their recovery. There are three tracks in which students participate. 

  • CLEAN (contract) is our most comprehensive program. When students from any college choose to be in CLEAN, they sign a contract agreement indicating their commitment and understanding of the Program. 
  • CLEAN Intended is for students who may be hesitant for whatever reason to commit to the full CLEAN program. 
  • RESTORE is for CSS students only. It is for students who are not in recovery, but are struggling with or worried about their drug and alcohol use. Many of these students are seeking to better align their behavior and choices with their goals.

If you are a new student or prospective student:

Program Staff

Julie Gehlen is the CLEAN Recovery Coordinator. She is a Certified Recovery Coach and is entering the final year of her social work degree program. As a person in long-term recovery, Julie came to CSS for the CLEAN Program and understands deeply the challenges and opportunities for college students in recovery. She is active in the 12 Step Community and serves on the advisory board for the Minnesota Recovery Connection in Duluth as well as the Advisory Council of Minnesota Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (MNYPAA).

To talk to Julie about joining CLEAN or accessing support services, please contact her by calling 218-723-6527 or emailing clean@css.edu.