Meetings and Other Resources

All About Addiction
A website overseen by UCLA addiction specialist Dr. Adi Jaffe that covers research on the mechanisms involved in the addictive process, and other drug and alcohol news. Also includes a “rehab finder” feature:

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

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

There are several local meditation groups/meetings. There are also some great online recorded meditations created for people with addiction or substance abuse concerns.

  • A Flourishing Life “Urge Surfing” meditation (An 8-minute meditation to help let go of urges (e.g., for addictions or other behaviors) and celebrate success.):
  • 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.

Off-Campus Support Meetings
There are many weekly support meetings in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. The following organizations have local meetings. Check their websites for days, times and locations:

On-Campus Support Meetings
There are four weekly meetings currently available on campus for those with concerns about abuse and addiction issues in themselves or loved ones. All are open, free and can be attended on a drop-in basis. For more information, contact SHOP (831-459-1417) or CAPS or visit the organization websites listed below.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (open 12-Step meeting for those with concerns about alcohol addiction or abuse): Tuesdays, 8–9 pm, Charles E. Merrill Lounge, Merrill College,
  • Marijuana Anonymous (open 12-Step meeting for those with concerns about marijuana addiction or abuse): Sundays, 7–8 pm, Senior Commons Room, Stevenson College,
  • SMART Recovery (open cognitive therapy–based support and discussion meeting for those with concerns about addiction or abuse of any substance or behavior in themselves or a loved one): Thursdays, 7–8:30 pm, Senior Commons Room, Stevenson College,
  • Stepping Slugs (general 12-Step meeting; members of MA, NA, AA, OA and Alanon have participated—good for students who do not know which addiction they have, or if they have one, as well as those new to 12 Step; speakers rotate every week and include those from EDA, FA, DA, Alanon, NA, OA and AA): Mondays, 8–9 pm, Silverman Room, Stevenson College,

Online and Phone Support Meetings

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,

Yoga of 12-Step Recovery
These classes combine the practice of yoga with discussion, using a 12-Step approach. Classes are currently offered in Aptos, Burlingame, Campbell, Los Gatos and San Jose: