Lancers Recover

What is Lancers Recover?

Lancers Recover uses a peer-to-peer mentorship model to create an intentional and recovery-affirming environment where students who are interested in or seeking recovery from problematic alcohol and substance use can receive the assistance and support they need to achieve academic and personal success. We provide weekly recovery meetings in which we support all pathways to recovery and do not require abstinence, but merely a desire to explore personal substance use to reduce harm caused by substances. We also hold social events, community outreach, leadership opportunities, and education on campus to normalize the recovery identity and decrease stigma related to substance use.


What is Recovery?

Recovery (from alcohol, drugs, and/or behavioural addictions) can mean anything you want it to, and is unique to each person. Recovery is a journey. It is not a single event, but a process with ups and downs which occurs over time, with ongoing work. Recovery is a dynamic process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is built upon a foundation of hope - the belief that the challenges and conditions of addiction can be overcome. (SAMHSA, 2012)


What is Collegiate / Student Recovery? 

Collegiate recovery programs began in the U.S. in the 1980s as a form of recovery support for post-secondary students with substance use issues. Collegiate recovery programs. According to the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, "A Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is a college or university-provided program that includes a supportive environment within the campus culture. CRPs reinforce the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from addiction/substance use disorder. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery supports to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other." Over the past 40 years, collegiate recovery programs have grown in the U.S. and expanded to both Canada and the United Kingdom. In Canada, the term "Student Recovery Program" is used to describe these support services. For more information about collegiate / student recovery, visit the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)'s website. Lancers Recover is a proud member of ARHE. 


Meeting and Event Information

Weekly Recovery Meetings

WINTER 2024: Our all-recovery meetings have changed day and time and will now occur in a hybrid format, both in-person and on Teams. 

Join us every Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm in CHS 275A or by joining on Teams!

Join our meeting on Teams.


Upcoming Events

New events will be posted soon! 


Trainings / Workshops

Lancers Recover currently offers Recovery Ally Training to the University of Windsor community. Recovery Ally Training is designed to increase understanding of addiction, decrease stigma and bias associated with it, and to provide specific tools and language for effective allyship. During this session, facilitated by Lancers Recover staff, participants will use a recovery-informed lens to understand their role as allies and gain knowledge of available resources to support students who use substances or are in recovery from substance use. 

To request Recovery Ally Training for your class, club, group, or society, please email!


Contact Us

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We are currently funded for one part-time staff through the Office of Student Experience. Additional funding has been provided by Ignite for student workers, and the Student Mental Health Strategy Fund. Operating expenses are covered by the generous donations of individuals and organizations who support the work that we are doing. If you are able to donate, we offer our sincere gratitude, as funding is critical for the continuation of substance use support for students! 

Make a donation to the Lancers Recover Program by utilizing the University of Windsor's Donation form. Under "Designation," please select "Other" and enter "Lancers Recover Program, Account #40957"

Tax receipts will be given for donations over $20. Reg. #10816 2611 RR0001.