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Cardinal Recovery Community

As we seek to build our Stanford Collegiate Recovery Community (Cardinal Recovery), this site is designed to support Stanford affiliates in their recovery, with flexible levels of support. While Cardinal Recovery is open to all Stanford affiliates in any form of recovery, this webpage is dedicated to students in recovery from substance and behavioral addictions and diagnoses.

While Recovery is a fluid and subjective experience, we are using the following working definition.

Recovery is defined by the individual, not a particular method. Cardinal Recovery is open to any student regardless of their recovery pathway, relationship, or status. This can mean total abstinence, or simply a more responsible relationship with substances or behavioral addictions. We welcome you in ANY stage or state of your recovery.

If you would like to join the Stanford Recovery Community listserve to hear about meetings and events for the community, contact Michelle Voigt at

Check back frequently as we continue to build out our resources and the community!



  •  Stanford All Recovery Meetings are inclusive meetings open to all ages, genders, sexualities, race/ethnicity, spiritualities, and experiences. We welcome you in ANY stage or state of your recovery journey. Please contact Corey Lamb by phone (714-605-1520) or email ( for info, questions, and zoom link (for hybrid meetings).

  • If you would like to join the Stanford Recovery Community listserve to hear about meetings and events for the community, contact Michelle Voigt at

  • Weekly meeting times/locations -

  1. Wednesdays - 7pm-8pm at the Graduate Community Center (GCC), Sydney Room, childen's play room upstairs -  (Canceled for Spring Break; Weeks 1 and 2 of Spring will be virtual only, then hybrid starting Week 3)

  2. Fridays - 3:30pm-4:30pm at The Well House - 562 Mayfield Ave - (Weeks 1 and 2 of Spring will be virtual only, then hybrid starting Week 3)

  • Please email with questions, ideas or feedback. We would love to hear from you.
  • If you need a disability-related accommodation for a recovery meeting, please contact the Diversity and Access office at 650-725-0326 or Requests should be made 48-72 hours in advance of the meeting.

On campus resources

  • Book a 1:1 with the Stanford Office of Substance Use Programs, Education & Resources: This is a great option if you are new to recovery or are new to Stanford and want to explore the resources and support available to you. You will work with our alcohol and other drug specialist to develop a flexible recovery plan for your time at Stanford.

  • Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services: If you are looking for clinical support in your recovery, or may be experiencing a change in your recovery plan and want support from a licensed clinician, CAPS is a confidential resource available to you. 

  • Stanford Addiction Medicine and Dual Diagnosis Clinic: If you are seeking treatment for addiction or co-occurring diagnoses, the Stanford Addiction Medicine and Dual Diagnosis team is a renowned program providing outpatient options. This clinic also provides a wide array of support groups as well as connections to resources beyond Stanford.

Online resources

Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Link hosts information on Alcoholic Anonymous at the local and national scope. Website provides information about AA, where to find a meeting, newsletter, how to make a contribution, etc.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education

  • The AHRE is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. Their website contains information about the association, collegiate recovery centers/programs, recovery resources, and events.

Celebrate Recovery

  • Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain, or addiction of any kind. It is a safe place to find community and freedom the issues that are controlling our life. 

The Fix

  • The Fix contains news articles and blogs focusing on addiction and recovery. The site also offers resources on help and data, information on treatment centers: rehabs and therapists, along with reviews on rehab.


  • AAGrapevine, the international journal of Alcoholic Anonymous, has different articles and news issues revolving around AA. The website also includes a sobriety calculator, comic, daily quote, and a poll along with a place for people to share stories, photos, and art.


  • With 17 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers addiction prevention, treatment and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults.

Narcotics anonymous

  • Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA strives to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery.

Recovery Dharma

  • Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically-structured organization with a mission to support individuals on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhis practices and principles.

SMART Recovery

  • SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), substance use disorders and substance use-related conditions are recognized as a disability. This grants individuals in recovery the right to academic and housing accomodations. The Office of Substance Use Programs, Education & Resources partners with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) to support students with accessing these accommodations. Below are guidelines written in partnership with OAE:

  1. The Office of Accessible Education: OAE facilitates accommodations for students with disabilities, including those related to substance use disorders, conditions, or treatment regimens. There are a variety of academic or housing accommodations available - OAE staff work with students to determine what accommodations best fit a student’s needs on a case-by-case basis.  

  2. Registration: When pursuing academic or housing accommodations, students must register to OAE by visiting OAE’s website portal at

    1. Students are required to submit documentation from an appropriately licensed professional that speaks to the specific disability-related impacts a student is experiencing or history of disability experiences. Students' recovery and/or treatment plans should be determined by the student and their health care provider.

      1. The initial registration form allows students to submit documentation. Students can also submit documentation through fax, email, or physically at the OAE office. 

    2. Students do not need to actively be in a recovery program in order to be eligible for accomodations. If a student currently has a substance use disorder or history of such, students are still entitled to accommodations. 

  3. Connecting with a Disability Advisor: Students are assigned a Disability Advisor once they’ve submitted documentation. 

    1. However, if a student has pressing concerns or is unable to attain documentation due to the challenges of accessing care during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, students are advised to email or call the Office of Accessible Education to explain their circumstances to OAE staff. 

      1. Once connected with a Disability Advisor, both the student and the Disability Advisor can explore provisional accommodations. 

    2. It is important that students do not wait to connect with OAE staff as accommodations cannot be provided retroactively.

      1. If a student is experiencing academic concerns or is considering a reduced course load in order to better manage balancing academics and participation in a treatment program, then please reach out to OAE staff as early as possible. 

  4. More on Services:

    1. Please note that relapse, or current use of substances, does not permit exemption from consequences related to being possession of illegal drugs, failing a class, campus policy violations, etc. 

    2. Nonetheless, relapse or current use of substances does not take away eligibility for accommodations such as a single room housing assignment, academic assignment extensions, etc.

  5. Reach Out: If you have more questions, please contact the Office of Accessible Education:

Office of Accessible Education
563 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-1066
Fax: 650-725-5301 

[The above guidelines were created in partnership with OAE Disability Advisor, Sarah Clark]


Substance misuse and addiction can impact friends, family, and loved ones deeply. Some may arrive at Stanford having witnessed addiction in their homes, or within their communities and families. Environments in which drugs and alcohol are being used may trigger specific memories and traumatic experiences. If this is your experience and you are looking for support there are a few options:

  • Al-anon meetings: Currently due to COVID-19, we are not running our usual al-anon on campus meetings. However, is providing a range of online support options for those seeking community during this time. 
  • Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services: Stanford CAPS holds support groups in-person when typical university operations are up and running. Due to COVID-19 groups have been put on hold. 
  • Book a 1:1 with the Office of Substance Use Programs, Education & Resources: If you want to talk through a personalized plan for navigating Stanford and/or relationships with loved ones experiencing addiction or in recovery, you can meet with our Alcohol and Other Drug specialist. 

It is important to acknowledge the reality that colleges and universities can be a recovery- hostile environment, in which maintaining recovery is not only challenging, but greatly stigmatized. While individuals do the work to support their personal recovery, it is also our responsibility as an entire community to ensure we are creating environments in which every student can flourish. 

Being a recovery ally can be as simple as doing the following things: 

  1. Educate yourself: Learn about the bio-psycho-social dimensions of addiction and recovery. Spend some time researching and learning about the experience of students in recovery. Notice your biases and blind spots when it comes to your understanding of substance use. Take a look at some of the resources, podcasts, and blogs linked below. Follow a range of people in recovery on social media to diversify the perspectives you are hearing.

  2. Shift Personal Norms: Do not assume that everyone uses substances. Consider that the sight, smell, and sound of substance use can be an immediate trigger for those in recovery. Be respectful and mindful of common areas, and think critically about times when you choose to have your door open. 

  3. Advocate and Amplify: Part of being an ally is recognizing where you have power. Students in recovery are often minoritized by their peers, whose voices tend to be the loudest. When we say and/or echo things like, “Well everyone drinks on campus,” or “this is college, they should just expect that alcohol is going to be around,” we further marginalize and exclude those in recovery. Taking on the perspective of a student in recovery when deciding how to approach in policies, or directives within your residence is crucial to advocacy.

    1. When deciding on collective norms in your house/residence, keep those in recovery in mind and amplify those voices. 

    2. Do not speak on behalf of someone in recovery without their consent and do not disclose anyone's recovery journey without their consent. That is their story to tell. That said, you can support them when they choose to speak up and you can also speak more broadly about your support for the recovery community and put on that lens when in conversations with others. 

    3. It is important to center of voices of those in the recovery community when advocating. Ask yourself, “Where is this information coming from and what it is that those in recovery are asking for?” Use your voice to amplify the voices of recovery. 

    4. Advocate for more substance free social events in your clubs and residences. An all-campus party where alcohol is present or people show up drunk may not feel inclusive to folks in recovery even if no one is handing them drinks or pressuring them to use substances. 

  4. Support, don’t stigmatize: Consider the language you use when discussing substance use. Use person-centered language when talking about the variety of experiences around substance use. 

  5. Make your get-togethers and kick backs substance free. If you are hosting a gathering and someone new walks through the door, do not automatically hand them a drink. Make drinking an opt-in activity rather than a default or a given. ALWAYS provide EANABs and put effort into your mocktails. Only having water as an alternative to alcohol sends a strong message to folks in recovery that they are not welcome.