Gauchos for Recovery

Maintaining recovery from addictive behaviors in a college environment can be a challenging journey, but it is very possible and you don't have to do it alone! UCSB has a thriving community of recovering students, as well as a variety of services to support you. 

The mission of our program is to provide a safe, supportive environment for students in all types and stages of recovery so that they can:

  • Continue to grow as people in recovery

  • Become part of a community of supportive peers

  • Successfully pursue academic, professional, and personal goals

Our services:

Gauchos for Recovery Student Organization

Gauchos for Recovery is a student organization striving to provide support and social activities for recovering students. For more information, visit our Gauchos for Recovery Facebook Page

GFR holds biweekly organization meetings, regular unity/social events, retreats, and more. Leadership opportunities are always available.

Students for Recovery Open 12-Step Meeting

Wednesdays @ 8:15 PM - Embarcadero Hall Room 1105

This meeting is not AA nor any traditional 12-step meeting, but is open to anyone who is in recovery from any type of addiction. It is also open to those who are seeking or considering recovery. This meeting is hosted by students, for students. Attending this meeting is the best way to connect with other recovering students.

Graduate and Non-Traditional Student Open 12-Step Meeting

Thursdays @ 6:30 PM - Embarcadero Hall Room 1105

This meeting is open to graduate and non-traditional students who are in recovery as well as those who are considering or seeking recovery. This meeting is hosted by a graduate student and is a great way to connect with graduate and non-traditional students in recovery at UCSB.

The Lounge at Embarcadero Hall

The Lounge is a safe space for students in recovery to study, relax, and socialize. We have computers, wireless internet access, a comfy couch, a library, coffee, and more! Contact our recovery peer interns at for more information or just drop by when the lounge is open. The Lounge is located in Embarcadero Hall Room 1106. 

Check our Facebook page for current office hours:
GFR Facebook

Recovery Peer Interns

Our recovery peers are UCSB students in recovery who have a desire to share their experience, strength, and hope with other students in recovery as well as those who are struggling with substance use. They hold drop-in peer counseling hours in the Lounge at Embarcadero Hall to meet with any students looking for peer support around these issues. 

To contact one of our Recovery Peer Interns, email or drop by The Lounge at Embarcadero Hall. 

Individual Recovery Support

Free individual counseling is available to all UCSB students. We can help students maintain recovery and develop a plan for success, form connections with other sober students as well as community recovery groups, and assist with finding supportive housing.  Assistance with access to services through the Disabled Students Program is also available for those students needing academic accommodations.

We can also assist students who are trying to return to the University after a period away, as well as non-traditional aged students who are returning to college. Counselors are also available to consult with parents who have general questions about our program. 

Our services are FREE and Confidential 


Students in recovery report better success when living with other students who avoid substances. Here are some of the options available:

  •  The Haven is a residential recovery community located in Isla Vista. This is ideal for students looking for accountability and support in their recovery.

  • Some UCSB Residence Halls contain Substance-Free Floors, but most residents are not in recovery and most do not completely abstain from substances. You can request to be paired with another sober student.

  • UCSB Community Housing may be able to assist students in finding roommates who prefer a substance free lifestyle. Visit their website for information about this process.

  • Sober Living houses are also a good option for those needing more structured support. There are several available in the Santa Barbara area. A list of sober living houses is available on our Off Campus Resources page.

Angie Bryan, Recovery Specialist, can assist you in deciding on the housing solution that will be most conducive to your recovery, and can assist you with the housing process.

Contact us:

Angie Bryan, MFT

Recovery Specialist/Recovery Program Manager