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Mustangs for Recovery


 Mustangs for Recovery                                                                 

  1. A community of support
  2. Recovery-oriented meetings and sober events
  3. An opportunity for leadership and service to the community
  4. A Recovery-friendly space

Mustangs for Recovery is a program of Campus Health & Wellbeing that uses a peer-to-peer model to provide a safe and supportive environment for students in recovery or struggling with addiction to substances and addictive behaviors. We also support students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the substance abuse of friends or loved ones.

The purpose of Mustangs for Recovery is to offer support alternatives to those who still suffer from addiction and provide a safe place for students to discuss the ways addiction has impacted their lives. We offer 12-step and open recovery meetings to support the needs of our campus community.

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.

Winter 2021 Virtual Meetings

All of Mustangs for Recovery meetings are open meetings meaning that the only requirements are that you either be abstinent from, or want to be abstinent from, the substance. You are never required to speak and are welcome to attend to just listen and build community. If you have questions about any of the meetings or Mustangs for Recovery, please contact


Daily Reflections | 6:00 - 7:00 pm | Zoom ID: 972 4114 7941

Weekly open recovery meeting for students interested in recovery focused on setting intentions for the week based on readings and meditations. Open to students in recovery, allies, and anyone affected by addiction in any form.


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!


Students with Solutions | 6:00 - 7:00pm | Zoom ID: 984 2797 7566

Weekly open recovery meeting for students interested in recovery focused on readings and meditations geared toward the LGBT experience. Open to students in recovery, allies, and anyone affected by addiction in any form. All are welcome regardless of gender or sexuality.


Virtual Game Night | 6:00 - 7:00 pm | Zoom ID: 973 8006 8419

Hosted by Cal Poly and UCLA recovery communities, with students from all over California! Join us every Saturday to play Jackbox games with other students in recovery. Hop on for a good time and some cross campus camaraderie.

See all our meetings here

Interested in seeing another recovery focused meeting or social events happening for Cal Poly students? Contact Kirsten Vinther, or 805.756.6619.

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 at

Be a part of the team!

PULSE, under Campus Health & Wellbeing department within Student Affairs, promotes healthy behaviors and wellness among all members of the Cal Poly community. PULSE Peer Educators and Peer Coaches are volunteers (unpaid) that receive training to become nationally certified Peer Educators. They are involved in a five-quarter track program beginning in Spring 2021, followed by four-quarters of hands-on health education and health promotion experience. PULSE consist of topic-specific workshops, presentations, coaching sessions, and tabling outreach and education to the Cal Poly campus. The topics include:  

  • Physical Health (Nutrition Education, Physical Activity, & Body Positivity)  

  • Sexual Health (STI Education and Prevention, Safe Sex-Practices, & Healthy Relationships)  

  • Alcohol, Cannabis, and Other Drugs (Education & Prevention)  

  • Mental Wellbeing (Stress, Sleep, & Stigma)   

  • Recovery (Alcohol and Other Drugs Recovery and Support) 

  • Wellness Promotion (Immunizations, Safety, & On-Campus Outreach)

  • Campus Health & Wellbeing Resources 

The application for the 2021-2022 Mustangs for Recovery volunteers is now live!


Sign up via Handshake/Mustang Jobs on the portal (Job #: 4271171).

You'll need to submit a resume and a 2021 PULSE Application.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 7th at midnight.

Email with any questions or concerns or call (805) 756-6181.


What is Recovery?



1. The return to or restoration of a state of health, wellness, and strength.

2. The action or process of regaining possession or control over something stolen or lost.

There are many elements that go into recovering from addiction, and we believe it can be broken down into components:


Abstinence from all mind-altering substances and addictive behaviors (or the desire to be abstinent).


Meaningful daily activities, connection to a community of people in recovery, and being of service to others.Nobody likes feeling alone, and loneliness is one of the main causes of addictive behaviors.


Making healthy choices that support our physical and emotional well-being. This may include activities such as meditation and exercise.


Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @cprecovery

Kirsten Vinther,, 805.756.6619



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About Us

  • Location

    Building 27 - Health Center

  • Phone

    24/7 Support
    Health: 805.756.1211
    Counseling: 805.756.2511
    Wellbeing: 805.756.6181
    Safer: 805.756.2282

  • Hours

    Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM;
    Wed 9 AM - 4:30 PM

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