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: https://addictionresource.com/
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: https://www.
All About Addiction Blog
An addiction-related blog through Psychology Today written by UCLA addiction specialist Dr. Adi Jaffe: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction
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 Website
News, interviews, opinion pieces, resources and more about substances, addiction and recovery: http://www.thefix.com/
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 (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
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.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA): A 12-Step fellowship for people who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. Main website: http://www.adultchildren.org/; on-line and phone meetings: http://www.allone.com/12/aca/
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): The world's leading 12-step fellowship, designed to help people overcome drinking problems. National website: www.aa.org; local website: http://www.aasantacruz.org/; on-line meetings: http://aa-intergroup.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. Main website: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/home; on-line and phone meetings: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/electronic-meetings
- Clutterers Anonymous (CLA): A 12-Step fellowship for people who “clutter” or hoard. Main website: http://clutterersanonymous.org/; phone meetings: http://clutterersanonymous.org/meetings/telephone-meetings/
- Co-Anon Family Groups: For family members and loved ones of cocaine addicts. Based on 12-Step model. Main website: http://www.co-anon.org; email “meetings”: http://www.co-anon.org/emeeting.html
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from cocaine addiction. Main website: www.ca.org; email “meetings”: http://www.ca-online.org/meetings/
- Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA): A 12-Step fellowship that helps people with codependency problems to learn to form healthier relationships. Main website: www.coda.org
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from crystal meth addiction. Main website: www.crystalmeth.org (does not offer on-line meetings)
- Debtors Anonymous (DA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from compulsive spending and debt problems. Main website: www.debtorsanonymous.org; search for on-line, phone and in-person meetings: http://www.debtorsanonymous.org/admin/index.php/find
- Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA): A 12-Step fellowship for people with a dual diagnosis of chemical dependence and an emotional or psychiatric illness. Main website: https://draonline.qwknetllc.com/online_meetings.html (does not offer on-line meetings)
- Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA): A 12-Step fellowship for people with eating disorders. Information: https://www.facebook.com/EDAnonymous; on-line chat room: http://eatingdisordersanonymous.org/online.html
- Emotions Anonymous (EA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people with emotional problems. Main website: http://www.emotionsanonymous.org
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from addiction to gambling. www.gamblersanonymous.org (does not offer on-line meetings but has Northern CA hotline: 855-222-5542)
- LifeRing: A secular network of support groups for living free of alcohol and other addictions: www.lifering.org
- Marijuana Anonymous (MA): A 12-Step fellowship to help people recover from marijuana addiction. National website: www.marijuana-anonymous.org; local website: http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org/meetings/in-person/21-area/55-california-sf-south-bay; on-line meetings and chat room: https://www.marijuana-anonymous.org/meetings/online
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA): An international 12-Step fellowship of recovering drug addicts. National website: www.na.org; local website: http://www.scnapi.org; on-line meetings: http://www.na.org/meetingsearch/ (use “Web” as the country)
- National Self-Help & Support Center for Shoplifting: An informational organization and support organization helping people with compulsive shopping addictions and kleptomania: http://www.shopliftingprevention.org/WhatNASPOffers/NSHC.htm
- 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. Main website: www.naigso-aa.org (includes link to register for blog, news feed and other on-line services)
- Nicotine Anonymous: A 12-Step fellowship offering support to people trying to quit smoking. Main website: www.nicotine-anonymous.org (with database of on-line, phone and in-person meetings)
- 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. Main website: http://www.olganon.org/; on-line and in-person meetings: http://www.olganon.org/meeting-calendar; chat room: http://www.olganon.org/?q=node/12026
- Overeaters Anonymous(OA): A 12-Step fellowship helping people to overcome the problem of compulsive overeating. Main website: www.oa.org; on-line, phone and in-person meetings: http://www.oa.org/membersgroups/find-a-meeting/
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA): A 12-Step fellowship for people with sex addictions. Main website: http://www.sexaa.org/; on-line and phone meetings: https://saa-recovery.org/Meetings/ElectronicMeetings/index2.php?timeOffset=-480
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA): A 12-Step fellowship helping people with sex and love addictions. Main website: www.slaafws.org; on-line, phone and in-person meetings: http://www.slaafws.org/meetings
- Sexaholics Anonymous (SA): A 12-Step fellowship helping “sexaholics”—those who have lost control over lust. Main website: www.sa.org; in-person and email “meetings”: http://www.sa.org/meetings.php
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 (main number), 831-459-1417 (substance use health educator, Jorge Bru), shop.ucsc.edu