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Collegiate Recovery Program

Collegiate Recovery Program Event and Recovery Resource Fair



What is the Collegiate Recovery Program?

Holy Family University's Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) supports students who are impacted by addiction. Specifically, the CRP supports students who are experiencing addiction, believe they may have an addiction, are in recovery, or have someone in their lives with addiction.

If you believe this program may be for you or someone you know, we invite you to reach out.  

Drop-in sessions for students who are struggling with an addiction or are active active in their recovery are offered Mondays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  

Drop-in sessions for students who have a loved one struggling with addiction are offered on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m.  

Contact Dr. Patrick McElwaine, program director at or email

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis emergency, please call 911 or Public Safety during or after hours at 267-341-3333 for the Philadelphia Campus. For our Newtown Campus Public Safety, call 267-341-4011.  

Visit Counseling Services to learn about the resources available to you.

Did You Know?

According to a 2020 Journal of American College Health study, approximately 2 in 5 U.S. college students met the criteria for a substance use disorder and needed treatment. In addition, there are approximately 600,000 college students who identify as being in recovery from a substance use disorder.

Meet the Team


Patrick McElwaine

Patrick McElwaine, Psy.D.

Dr. McElwaine is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 25 years of clinical experience in community mental health, primary care, private practice, wrap-around services, residential treatment facilities, inpatient hospitals, and academia As a faculty member at the Beck Institute, Dr. McElwaine provides supervision and conducts various workshops focused on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, suicide, and trauma.

Dr. McElwaine is also a columnist for Treatment Magazine and Psychology Today. Dr. McElwaine is also active in his recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. He believes that substance use disorder and mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief are closely connected. Currently, Dr. McElwaine has 14 years of continued recovery.


Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Emily is a current student in the Holy Family University MS Counseling Psychology program. Emily's internship is with Horsham Clinic working with individuals diagnosed with mental illness and addictions. She will be graduating from Holy Family with her Master's in May 2024. Emily looks forward to all new and exciting things to come.