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12-Step Recovery Programs

A TWELVE-STEP program is a guiding set of principles that, when practiced, leads to recovery from addictive behavior. The steps were originally developed by the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA") to guide recovery from alcoholism. AA's purpose is to provide the recovering alcoholic (addict) with the tools to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety. Participants benefit from the shared camaraderie among group members. The AA method has been adopted as the foundation of other twelve-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, and Marijuana Anonymous.

Working the Twelve Steps involves:

  1. Admitting that one has a serious, uncontrollable problem
  2. Recognizing that outside power could help
  3. Conscious reliance upon that power
  4. Inventorying and admitting character defects
  5. Seeking deliverance from these defects
  6. Making amends to those one has harmed
  7. Helping others with the same problem.

The following Twelve-Step Programs are active in the Santa Cruz Area. Some have 24-hour Help-lines to serve the community.

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5732 Soquel Drive
Soquel, CA 95073

(831) 475-5782 (24 hrs)

Fellowship of men and women with drinking problems with the purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Immediate contact with a recovering alcoholic; information; and literature. Free, No Fees or Dues. Disability Accessibility: none. Current meeting schedules can be obtained at Alcoholic Anonymous office at 5732 Soquel Drive, in Soquel Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Se Habla Español
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Meeting Referral Line

(831) 475-1727

A fellowship of men and women who come together to obtain freedom from addiction to cocaine and all other mind altering substances.

Disabled Accessibility: Not known.

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Mental Health Client Action Network
1051 Cayuga St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 454-9620
Cell Phone (831) 419-0475

Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) is a 12-Step self-help program for men and women who are affected with an emotional or psychiatric illness along with a chemical dependency. The primary purpose of DRA is to help one another achieve dual recovery, to prevent relapse and to carry the message of recovery to others who experience a dual disorder. The DRA program is based on the principles of the Twelve Steps and the personal experiences of men and women in dual recovery.

Contact: Ron Myers, Director of Operations

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District Hotline:
(408) 450-0796


Self-help (non-religious) fellowship group for those who cannot control their marijuana use and are experiencing adverse effects in other areas of their life. No fee is charged. Meetings at Louden Nelson Center on Wednesdays 7-8:15 p.m. Call to confirm at 420-6177. Also, Calvary Church, Fireside Room, 532 Cedar St. And New Life Center, 707 Fair Ave. on Saturdays from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Can also contact: Marijuana Anonymous at (800) 766-6779 or write: P.O. Box 2912; Van Nuys, CA 91404. Se Habla Español

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24 hour HELPLINE
(855)562-2789 toll free


Call for current open meeting schedules. Disabled Accessibility.
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(District 23)
P.O. Box 713
Soquel, CA 95073

(831) 462-1818 (24 hrs)
(831) 662-4696

ACA-Bay Area
(415) 641-7373
(415) 442-7998

Alanon is an anonymous fellowship of men and women whose lives have been affected by the drinking of a family member or friend. Alateen meetings are for those of ages 12 through 20. We meet to share experiences, strength and hope and to study the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. No dues or fees. Bilingual meetings in Hollister and Watsonville. Disabled Accessibility: Wheelchair. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) 12 step group support. And "Parents with Hope" meetings Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel, CA. Call Rachel (831)688-1792 or Rodney (831)588-4103 for more information. To confirm all other meeting times, call (831) 420-6177. Se Habla Español 
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Santa Cruz
Sutter Hospital
2900 Chanticleer Dr.
(Chanticleer and Soquel Dr.)
Meetings Sunday 6:30 - 8:00PM
"Saving Ourselves" (SOS)

HELPLINE: (831) 291-5099

A twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requirement to be a member and attend Nar-Anon meetings is that there is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.

Santa Cruz Sunday: Sutter Room is near the back door.
Newcomers: Please come 15 minutes early.

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