Tailgating is something that most Americans are familiar with, and far too many associate these team-spirit events with excessive alcohol use. According to the 2011 University of Minnesota BAC Study of Professional Game Day Tailgating, one in four people reported having consumed five or more alcoholic drinks. This season, Caron Texas, part of Caron Treatment Centers, will team up with the University of North Texas’ Eagle Peer Recovery organization to host a sober tailgating event at the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day. Caron Texas previously supported Southern Methodist University hosting a successful sober tailgating event in October.
“New Years is an occasion that is all too often marked by increased substance use,” said Robert D. Ashford, President of the Eagle Peer Recovery organization and a junior at UNT. “We are excited to work with Caron Texas to host this important event that offers our local communities fun, pre-football game festivities without the dangers or pressures of alcohol.”
Eagle Peer Recovery (EPR) was established at the University of North Texas in June of 2013 for one simple purpose: To provide peer-based resources that assist students in finding an improved quality of life. EPR aims to create a safe-haven for students in long-term recovery or those seeking active recovery.
“We want to remind people about why they loved football to begin with before alcohol entered the picture,” said Mike Puls, Vice President and Executive Director, Caron Texas. “Our goal is to help individuals in recovery, their families and members of the Dallas-Forth Worth community enjoy their lives in a healthy and productive way.”