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Mustangs for Recovery

Davis Henegar Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to the amazing generosity of the Henegar family, Mustangs for Recovery is able to offer a grant for students in recovery, matriculating at Cal Poly. Named in honor of Davis Henegar, a student at Cal Poly who fought tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with substance misuse and offer a space for all students to seek and find recovery support. Funds are distributed quarterly and require that students who apply have a minimum of three months continued recovery from all identified substance addiction. Learn more about the grant application.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Interested in seeing another recovery focused meeting or social events happening for Cal Poly students? Email Kirsten Vinther or call 805-756-6619.

Help us grow

Mustangs for Recovery is a collegiate recovery community started by students, for students. We are always looking for students who are in recovery or allies to be a part of helping us reach as many students as we can! If you are passionate about recovery and want to be a part of a community of like-minded peers, join us!

Application for Mustangs for Recovery

Form Link

Graduate Assistant

Application Form

M4R Peer volunteer

Application Form

If you have questions or would like more information on these positions, please contact

Mustangs for Recovery

At Mustangs for Recovery, we honor recovery from substance and behavioral addictions as both a noun and as a verb. It is both a return to wellness and a process of healing. As a program of Campus Health & Wellbeing, we exist to offer a safe and sober-friendly environment for students in recovery, seeking recovery, or those affected by the addiction of a friend or family member. Our purpose is to offer alternatives, support, community, and events geared toward students in recovery. We offer meetings based in both abstinence-only and harm-reduction models.

What we believe:

  • Recovery is a process of the return to a state of health through the empowered reclamation of self.
  • Recovery is a continued and incremental process of learning, growth, and healing; not a destination.
  • Substance misuse happens for a variety of reasons and healing can happen in a variety of ways.
  • Recovery is self-directed, inclusive of all identities, and specific to the humans it affects.
  • It is through this process that we are empowered to reach our full potential together.
  • Recovery is an act of radical self-love.


Key Tenets 


The desire to change your relationship with any mind-altering substances and to abstain from your identified addictions. We maintain spaces for traditional abstinence-only paths AND for harm-reduction.


Connection and building community are keys to our wellness and recovery. Whether that is through attending meetings, coming together with a group of students in or seeking recovery, opening yourself up to new discussions, or connecting in other ways; the building of community is integral to our wellness and recovery.


The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Supporting your health may look a variety of ways including (but not limited to): physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual care.

Fall 2021 Meetings

Recovery meetings are on hiatus until the beginning of the school year. If you would like to volunteer to help Mustangs for Recovery offer specific recovery meetings—from harm reduction to abstinence—please contact Please see the resource list below for access to online and local recovery meetings. 

Additional Support Virtual Consultations |

If you are concerned about your own substance use, a friend or family member who uses or if you're just curious about the support community. Schedule a meeting with a peer or professional staff member to talk about what recovery means, what it might look like and get resources available to you. Contact Mustangs for Recovery staff & peers by email. 


Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @cprecovery

Kirsten Vinther, OR, 805-756-6619

Other virtual and face-to-face meetings 

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the SLO area. In-person, virtual, and hybrid offerings.

Al-Anon Family Groups. Virtual support to family and friends of those with substance use issues.

Cocaine Anonymous. Online support and services.

LifeRing Secular Recovery. Online meetings.

In The Rooms Global Recovery Community- Online recovery meetings and support including 12-step, non 12-step, wellness, and mental health modalities.

Marijuana Anonymous. Meetings, chat rooms, and resources.

Central Coast Area Narcotics Anonymous.

Recovery Dharma. Non-theistic recovery based in Buddhist practices.

Recovery Dharma—BIPOC only. Non-theistic, based in Buddhist practice fellowship meetings specifically for BIPOC.

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery. Mutual-support groups, forums, chat rooms, and comprehensive meeting list.

Unity Recovery + WEconnect + SOS Recovery + Alano Club. Daily virtual meetings supporting all paths to recovery.

She Recovers. Online support, meetings, and community for woman in or seeking recovery.

White Bison. Non-profit group that works to promote sobriety, wellbriety, and overall recovery. Culturally-Based Healing to Indigenous People.




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