Northeast State Students HOPE
Student Recovery Support Program

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Tips for Students in Recovery
During COVID-19

Kenneth Knight, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Peer Recovery Coach
Room C2102, General Studies
Northeast State Community College
423.323.3191 x3720

Denise Walker, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor/MHSP
Room C2311, General Studies 
Northeast State Community College
Blountville, TN

After Hours and Weekends

Call local crisis 877.928.9062
If there is an immediate risk to self or others, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room. Or.

Crisis Support:
Text TN to 741741
Call 833-434-2684 (Frontier Health Virtual Crisis Counseling)


Students HOPE is a college-sponsored program with the mission of creating a collegiate recovery community within our campus culture. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. A Certified Peer Recovery Coach will assist students develop a culture of self-acceptance, understanding and compassion among their peers. 


The purposes of Students HOPE are to:

  1. Provide a nurturing, affirming environment in which individuals recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism or who have family members with addictions can find peer support while attaining a college education at Northeast State. 
  2. Connect students to college resources.
  3. Connect students to community resources.

Students HOPE Organization

The Students HOPE sanctioned student organization is open to any student interested in membership. The club provides organizational activities, assistance and leadership to the collegiate recovery program by scheduling guest speakers, set up for the meeting space for the weekly recovery groups, and planning and implementation of fundraisers to support the recovery program.   

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College Individual Peer Support and Peer Groups

 A Peer Recovery Coach is available to provide individual peer support for students and work with small groups. The coach has recovery experience with drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health and will freely pass on recovery knowledge. Services available on all campuses or by telehealth.   

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Community Support Groups

Weekly community groups in the Tri-Cities area are available on different days and times throughout the week. Sometimes it takes visiting two or three different groups before one can find the right fit. Check out these groups for locations, days and times that will meet your schedule.

Recovery Groups: AA, Celebrate Recovery, and NA
Family groups: Al-Anon and Nar-Anon

Recovery Ally 

Faculty and staff on campus are not experts in substance use, treatment, or recovery, but they have a desire to listen and help students to connect to resources.  Request information and you will be connected with someone.