Meetings and Other Resources

Addiction Resource Website
A website with detailed information on signs, symptoms, and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. This site also has a searchable database of local treatment resources:

Alcohol Rehab Guide Website
A website with detailed information on the warning signs, effects and dangers of alcohol abuse. This site also provides in-depth information on the various treatment options that are available:

All About Addiction Blog
An addiction-related blog through Psychology Today written by UCLA addiction specialist Dr. Adi Jaffe:

DanceSafe Website
A harm reduction website for recreational drug users. Includes comprehensive information about a variety of drugs, safety tips and health information:

The Fix Website
News, interviews, opinion pieces, resources and more about substances, addiction and recovery:

Meditation Resources

There is a weekly on-campus meditation meeting for students in recovery at the Cove at Kresge (Bldg 393, Suite 153) Sundays from 3 to 4 pm. CAPS runs a meditation group, “Stop Stressin’ Me,” every quarter (call 831-459-2628 for more details). Check with OPERS or your college for other on-campus meditation groups and meetings. Below are links to some great online recorded meditations created for people with substance abuse concerns and off-campus meditation meetings.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous has several weekly meditation meetings for those with concerns about alcohol addiction and abuse (, 831-475-5782).
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (Several links to audio meditations and mindfulness exercises designed to help in recovery from substance abuse, located at bottom of web page; QuickTime software needed to play them):
  • Rebel Dharma is a weekly donation-based meditation and discussion group at Insight Santa Cruz meditation center ( that is part of Dharma Punx Nation & Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. The founder of this group has experience leading meditation groups for people with concerns about substance abuse and addiction.
  • Refuge Recovery is a weekly donation-based Dharma practice meeting at Insight Santa Cruz open to all who are seeking freedom from any sort of addiction; a community of people using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
  • Urge Surfing Meditation is a mindfulness-based meditation attributed to the late psychologist Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of addictions treatment, to help people resist urges. The following blog post from the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic contains a description of the urge surfing meditation technique, with detailed steps to follow:

Off-Campus Support Meetings

There are many weekly support meetings in Santa Cruz and surrounding cities. Click here for more information.

On-Campus Support Meetings

There are many weekly on-campus support meetings. Click here for more information.

Online and Phone Support Meetings

Many groups offer online and telephone support for those who can’t or prefer not to attend in-person meetings and when there is no in-person meeting offered nearby.

Santa Cruz Addiction Services

Recovery Wave is Santa Cruz County’s alcohol and drug abuse help pages. Provides resources for alcohol and drug treatment, interventions and other services in the area:

SHOP (UCSC Student Health Outreach & Promotion)

Offers consultation and referrals, peer education and workshops for UCSC students with concerns about substance abuse and addiction. Also provides resources around general health, sexual health, sexual assault and stress management. Student Health Center, East Wing, 831-459-1417 (main number), 831-459-1417 (substance use health educator, Jorge Bru),