Gauchos for Recovery Meetings 

Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 AM   Morning Meditation Meeting - Hybrid format - peer led meeting 
This is a student led meeting based on 12 step principles. It meets twice a week for a meditation practice.

In person at Embarcadero hall room 1105, or on Zoom ID: 854 5185 7571

Mondays at 7:30 PM   Rainbow Recovery - LGBTQIA+ (including allies) - peer led meeting 
Student-led meeting, open to those in any type of or stage of recovery, as well as those considering recovery. Specifically serving those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and allies. 
In person at Embarcadero Hall 1105

Tuesdays at 6 PM  Ready to Make a Change? Harm Reduction Meeting - facilitated by Gauchos for Recovery Staff 
Staff led peer support meeting based on principles of harm reduction. The goal of this meeting is to support students who want to make a change in their substance use, even if abstinence is not their goal.
In person at Embarcadero Hall 1105, or click here for zoom link: 886 5008 3300
For more information, contact Hugh Cook at

Wednesdays at 8:15 PM  Gauchos for Recovery Open 12-step Meeting (Hybrid Format) - student led meeting
Student-led meeting, open to those in any type of or stage of recovery, as well as those considering recovery. This is not AA or NA or any other formal program, but discussion may center around the concept of the 12 steps. 
In person at Embarcadero Hall 1105
On zoom - Meeting ID: 883 5515 2727
No password needed

Fridays at 6:00 PM  Women's Meeting (Hybrid) - student led meeting
Student-led meeting for all female identifying individuals. This meeting discusses various passages of recovery literature.

Zoom ID: 242 871 4109

Community Recovery Meetings hosted in the GFR Lounge

Thursdays at 5:00 PM  Queer Trans Harm Reduction Meeting

A peer support group for Queer and Trans undergraduate and graduate students across the UC-system in or seeking recovery, practicing harm reduction, struggling with substance use or anything in between. Potential topics include moderating use, responding to triggers, exploring alternate coping strategies, identity and substance use, navigating relationships and more. All are welcome.

Please register using the form to receive the zoom link.

Thursdays at 6:30 PM  Al-Anon Meeting (Zoom only)
12-step group for loved ones of people with substance use disorders. Facilitated by members of Alanon.
Click here for zoom login
No password needed

Saturdays at 8:00 PM  "Eye of the Storm" Alternative 12-Step Recovery Meeting (Hybrid Format)
Open Meeting for anyone in recovery or considering recovery. It is not a formal 12-step program, but discussion may center around the concepts of the 12 steps.  
In person at Embarcadero Hall Room 1105
Zoom Meeting ID: 891 3748 9617

Sundays 7-8:30 PM  Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (Hybrid format) 

Open, co-ed 12-step meeting with a focus on "Healing In Community." This meeting is facilitated by student members of SLAA. 
In person at Embarcadero Hall Room 1105 or Zoom ID: 894 3986 4034 PW: healing
For more information, visit the SLAA website or email

Other local and online recovery meetings 

If you don't find what you need, please contact us.

There are MANY more virtual recovery meetings being offered nationwide! 

GFR offers many other opportunities for support and engagement to enhance your recovery, including:

  • Community support meetings (such as 12-step and open recovery) throughout the week
  • GFR student organization meetings 1-2 times per quarter
  • Regular fellowship activities such as "unity nights," social events and outings, off-campus retreats, etc.
  • Quarterly large-scale events to raise awareness about addiction and recovery

SMART Recovery

SMART is a science-based peer support group for those considering or trying to maintain recovery from substance use. It is focused on self-empowerment and uses science-based skill building. Groups are free and open to all. 

Isla Vista SMART Recovery is currently not being offered, but we hope to resume soon. 

For other SMART meetings in Santa Barbara.  SMART Recovery

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