Meetings and Other Resources

All About Addiction
An addiction-related blog through Psychology Today written by UCLA addiction specialist Dr. Adi Jaffe: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction

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

The Fix
News, interviews, opinion pieces, resources and more about substances, addiction and recovery: http://www.thefix.com/

Meditation

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.): http://aflourishinglife.com/2010/06/surfing-the-urge-audio/
  • Alcoholics Anonymous has several weekly meditation meetings for those with concerns about alcohol addiction and abuse (www.aasantacruz.org, 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): http://www.mindfulrp.com/For-Clients.html
  • Rebel Dharma is a weekly donation-based meditation and discussion group at Insight Santa Cruz meditation center (http://www.insightsantacruz.org/category/weekly-sittings/) 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: http://www.insightsantacruz.org/category/weekly-sittings/.

Off-Campus Support Meetings

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

On-Campus Support Meetings

There are several 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: http://www.santacruzhealth.org/recoverywave/

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, http://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/shop/

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: http://www.y12sr.com/