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Stanford's collegiate recovery program, Cardinal Recovery, provides peer-led support for substance use and behavioral addictions. Because recovery is a subjective and varied experience, Cardinal Recovery embraces SAMSHA's working definition of recovery as "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. In addition to facilitating a variety of weekly recovery meetings and mentorship, Stanford affiliates can find inclusion and belonging at substance-free events hosted by Cardinal Recovery.

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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 stanford affiliate 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.

  • Cardinal Recovery ListServe: If you would like to join the Stanford Recovery Community listserve to hear about meetings and events for the community, contact Corey Lamb. 
  • If would like to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting to discuss recovery you can do it here -
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I am in recovery and would like to know what support is available to me

Information regarding opportunities to find support and connect with resources. 

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I am in recovery and seeking academic and housing accommodations

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. 

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I have a loved one in recovery and I'm seeking support

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.

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I am not in recovery but want to learn about being an ally

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. 

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Podcasts, Webinars, Blogs, and Apps

Looking for more? Here you can access a variety of materials that may prove useful on your journey. 

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