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Mustangs for Recovery

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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!


Graduate Assistant

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M4R Peer volunteer

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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.


Mustangs for Recovery Education Grant

Thanks to the amazing generosity of the Henegar family, Mustangs for Recovery is excited to offer a grant for students in recovery, matriculating at Cal Poly. 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.

Summer 2021 Virtual Meetings

We will continue to facilitate the virtual hosting of the Students for Recovery AA Meeting throughout Summer 2021. Please check back in early fall for an updated list of meetings and events. Happy Summer! Please contact if you have questions about any of the meetings or Mustangs for Recovery.


AA meeting | Students for Recovery | 6:00 - 7:00 pm | Zoom ID: 967 5530 6374

Traditional AA meeting open to students and members of the community that have a desire to stop drinking. Format is a 15 minute speaker followed by topic discussion. Join us 30 minutes early for fellowship!


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.

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

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.


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.



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