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Sober-Curious Book Circle

We are hosting a Zoom, Sober-Curious Book Circle! 


Sober-Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol is Ruby Warrington's unflinching look at one simple question: Would life be better without alcohol? This book combines the science and societal forces at work in alcohol use, misuse, and dependence. Using her own story to guide the reader, we are encouraged to consider whether alcohol takes up too much space in our lives and engages the reader in questions to better understand their own use. Ultimately, the book guides us to make our own decisions without shame or stigma.


From weeks 7-10 on Thursday evenings, we will meet weekly to talk about the week's reading and the impact it has had on our thoughts about alcohol. You do not need to have read to attend--but it helps. If you have already read the book, you're welcome to bring your insights. All are welcome. 


If you are interested in being a part of the book circle, please email no later than May 6th to allow time for us to order the books and have them shipped to you.

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.

Spring 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


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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