Meetings and Other Resources
Addiction Resource: 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: 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: An addiction-related blog through Psychology Today written by UCLA addiction specialist Dr. Adi Jaffe.
California Smokers Helpline: A site with resources and support around quitting smoking, including free telephone counseling. Helpline counselors are fluent in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese, the six most common languages in California.
DanceSafe: 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 on substances, addiction, and recovery.
InTheRooms: A membership-based social networking service for people in recovery that allows members to find and communicate with others whose lives have been touched by addiction and recovery. Resources include online support meetings and forums, online chat, meditations and affirmations, audio and video speaker recordings, and more.
National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse: A nonprofit organization that was established to address prescription drug misuse and abuse through community education, policy change, and legislative action.
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD): A voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting alcoholism, drug addiction, and the consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Provides education and resources, including a searchable directory of local treatment centers.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): The branch of the National Institutes of Health that advances science on the causes and consequences of alcohol use and addiction and works to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The branch of the National Institutes of Health that advances science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and works to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
Start Your Recovery: A website featuring videos of people with substance use issues or loved ones with such issues telling their stories. Also offers information on signs, symptoms, and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and a searchable database of local treatment resources.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): The agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health. Provides resources (including crisis information) and information on substance use and other related concerns.
The Cove, the meeting and social space for UCSC's students in recovery (at Cowell College in the mobile building near the Provost House), often hosts a weekly meditation meeting. CAPS offers Stop Stressin’ Me, a meditation group, during fall, winter, and spring quarters. (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, as well as information about off-campus meditation meetings.
- 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.
- 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: http://www.portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com/counseling/blog/riding-wave-using-mindfulness-help-cope-urges
On-Campus Support Meetings
There are many weekly on-campus support meetings. Click here for more information.
Off-Campus and Online Support
There are many weekly 12-Step and other support meetings in Santa Cruz and surrounding cities, as well as across the nation and globe. Some support groups offer online or phone meetings for those who can't or don't want to attend face-to-face meetings. See the resources listed below, as well as those on SHOP's support meeting page.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA): A 12-Step fellowship for people who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): The world's leading 12-step fellowship, designed to help people overcome drinking problems; local website: http://www.aasantacruz.org/.
- Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon & Alateen): For family members and loved ones of alcoholics. Alateen is for teenagers with a parent, grandparent, sibling or other loved one who is an alcoholic. Based on 12-Step model.
- Clutterers Anonymous (CLA): A 12-Step fellowship for people who “clutter” or hoard.
- Co-Anon Family Groups: For family members and loved ones of cocaine addicts. Based on 12-Step model.
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from cocaine addiction.
- Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA): A 12-Step fellowship that helps people with codependency problems to learn to form healthier relationships.
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from crystal meth addiction.
- Debtors Anonymous (DA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from compulsive spending and debt problems.
- Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA): A 12-Step fellowship for people with a dual diagnosis of chemical dependence and an emotional or psychiatric illness.
- Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA): A 12-Step fellowship for people with eating disorders.
- Emotions Anonymous (EA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people with emotional problems.
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from addiction to gambling; Northern CA hotline: (855) 222-5542.
- LifeRing Secular Recovery: A secular network of non–12-Step support groups for living free of alcohol and other addictions.
- Marijuana Anonymous (MA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from marijuana addiction.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA): An international 12-Step fellowship of recovering drug addicts; local website: http://www.scnapi.org
- National Self-Help & Support Center for Shoplifting: An informational organization and support organization helping people with compulsive shopping addictions and kleptomania.
- Native American Indian General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous (NAIGSO-AA): A 12-Step fellowship aimed specifically at Native Americans. The service also offers an inmate correspondence program that connects with Native American alcoholics who are incarcerated.
- Nicotine Anonymous: A 12-Step fellowship offering support to people trying to quit smoking.
- On-Line Gamers Anonymous (OLGA) and Olg-Anon: A 12-Step fellowship for those with problems caused by excessive gaming, whether it be computer, video, console or on-line gaming, and for their families and loved ones. Provides a traditional 12-Step program or a modified, secular program for atheists and agnostics.
- Overeaters Anonymous (OA): A 12-Step fellowship helping people to overcome the problem of compulsive overeating.
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA): A 12-Step fellowship for people with sex addictions.
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA): A 12-Step fellowship helping people with sex and love addictions.
- Sexaholics Anonymous (SA): A 12-Step fellowship helping “sexaholics”—those who have lost control over lust.
- SmartRecovery: A secular recovery support group based in cognitive-behavioral therapy.
- Women for Sobriety: A secular non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.
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)
SHOP, part of UCSC Student Health Services, 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).