Collegiate Recovery Program


“Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.”

- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Collegiate Recovery Program at SDSU aims to:

  • Use a harm reduction approach to support individuals in or seeking recovery, in whatever form that looks like for them  
  • Foster an inclusive and supportive community of peers in recovery (see SDSU’s Student Recovery Community section below)
  • Remove barriers for students in recovery to thrive by providing resources and advocacy
  • Promote a recovery-friendly campus by celebrating recovery, bringing awareness to and combating stigma surrounding substance use, addiction and recovery, and providing allyship trainings
  • Provide resources and access to information about various recovery pathways and philosophies
  • Work with partners on and off campus to provide substance-free events and programming


Join us at SMART Recovery or schedule a one-on-one coaching session with our Recovery Specialist

SDSU Well-being and Health Promotion hosts weekly SMART Recovery meetings on campus specifically for our currently enrolled students. If you are interested in serving as an ally within the community you are invited to join our Recognized Student Organization Recovery at State

SMART Recovery is an acronym for Self-Management and Recovery Training. It is a secular, non-membership based method of recovery that utilizes rational emotive behavioral therapy, with the slogan “Discover the Power of Choice.” The program focuses on providing tools and strategies surrounding building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and maintaining lifestyle balance. There will be both General meetings and Family & Friends meetings, but students are encouraged to attend either or both (if they wish), as their schedule allows. The format, content, and tools presented are very similar, and SMART meetings focus on calling on the collective wisdom of the group and learning and growing together. Use the links below to sign up.

Please no observing for classes and/or projects. These meetings are a safe space where everyone can share their experiences and support each other. We encourage anyone who feels they could benefit from these meetings to join us.

If you would like to learn more about SMART meetings or Recovery in general, please schedule a meeting with our Recovery Specialist through our one-on-one request form or by joining us at our Recovery at State meetings.

SMART meetings will be paused for Summer Break beginning May 9th and will resume September 11th.

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Recovery Coaching

In addition to the resources offered by Counseling and Psychological Services, students can also request assistance in managing addictive and compulsive behaviors by requesting recovery coaching. Students can meet with Miriam Rodriguez, Recovery Coordinator, for this one-on-one support.

During this 45-minute session or series of sessions, students will receive personalized guidance, mentoring and support towards reaching their health and wellness goals. 

Request a one-on-one using this form or e-mail Miriam Rodriguez at [email protected] for more information.

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SMART General Meetings 

Meetings are geared towards students in or seeking recovery. SMART welcomes individuals familiar with all paths to recovery. 

Meetings are held in-person every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm, in Calpulli Center, 4th floor, Conference Room 2.

Email Miriam Rodriguez at [email protected] with your contact information to be added to the SMART GroupMe chat.

Stay up to date about events by following our Instagram @sdsuwellbeingandhealthpromotion

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SMART Family & Friends

One-on-one SMART Family/Friends support is available for students who know someone in or seeking recovery or struggling with addiction.

Request a one-on-one using this form or e-mail Miriam Rodriguez at [email protected] for more information.


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Email our Recovery Specialist, Miriam Rodriguez at [email protected].

Recovery Library

Recovery Library

Click on the link above to review the Recovery Library Catalog.

Email us to check availability and reserve one of our many recovery books.

Please bring your Red ID in person to check one out.

FAQ Reference

Recovery FAQ

Click on the link above to review Recovery FAQ's.


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Recovery at State, SDSU’s Student Recovery Community

Recovery at State (RAS), the student recovery community at SDSU, is a registered student organization open to all SDSU students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). 

There are no restrictions on membership - persons struggling with or in recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors of all types are welcome (alcohol and substance use as well as addiction to gambling, social media, food, sex, etc.).


A student organization supporting students in or seeking recovery from alcohol, drugs, or any addictive or compulsive behaviors.


Foster supportive and inclusive community. Raise awareness and combat stigma. Connect students to resources.


RAS is open to all, including: Persons in any stage of their recovery journeys and part of any recovery philosophy or program. Allies to the recovery community.


Come to one of our upcoming meetings and events! Meetings are held Wednesdays 11am-12pm in Conference Room 2, 4th Floor Calpulli Center. For information, email: [email protected]

RAS Email: [email protected]
RAS Staff Advisor: Miriam Rodriguez, [email protected]


“No one should have to choose between recovery and a college education.”

- Patrice Salmeri, former president of the Academy for Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)