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


Check out one of our new SMART Recovery meetings and Recovery Coaching sessions.

SDSU Well-being and Health Promotion hosts weekly SMART Recovery meetings, on-campus and specifically for SDSU students. 

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 focus is 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.

Recovery coaching (hands hi-fiving)

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 hour-long 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.

smart meetings (illustration of two people talking)

SMART General Meetings 

Meetings are geared towards students in or seeking recovery.

Meetings are currently paused for the summer and will resume in August. Please e-mail Miriam Rodriguez at [email protected] to receive updates.

smart fam and friends (illustration of people talking)

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.


Recovery sun coming up behind clouds

Email us to speak with a Recovery Program Health Promotion Specialist, [email protected] or use the link above.

coming soon (illustration of book)

Coming soon

Be on the lookout for upcoming Recovery Ally Trainings, Resource Guides, and the Recovery
Science Colloquium.


Aztecs for Recovery logo (cloud with sun coming out)

Aztecs for Recovery, SDSU’s Student Recovery Community

Aztecs for Recovery (AFR), 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.).

To be kept up to date with AFR events and meetings, sign up for the mailing list.


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.


AFR 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! For information, email: [email protected]

AFR Email: [email protected]
AFR Staff Advisor: Pending...


“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)