Recovery Residence + Mentoring and Monitoring
Sober Living Residence and Peer to Peer Mentoring and Monitoring for College Students in Recovery
Support for students currently enrolled at UC Santa Barbara, students enrolled at nearby colleges (including Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) AND college-aged students who want to get back on a college track!
We provide support for college students in recovery so they can remain engaged in a successful and safe college experience while working on their recovery. We want to keep students in college and help those whose academic studies have been interrupted due to mental health and substance use disorders, Get Back on a College Track.
The Haven at College Recovery Residence and Peer to Peer Mentoring & Monitoring Program
6670 Sueno Road
Goleta, CA 93117
PEER TO PEER MENTORING & MONITORING
The Haven’s innovative Mentoring and Monitoring Program provides the tools for students, parents and school administrators to distinguish casual partying from serious substance misuse and treat accordingly. This harm-reduction program provides peer recovery mentors, (regular/randomized) drug testing, and community support for students and parents seeking answers and accountability.
About University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
UCSB is a historic campus with well over a century of history, tracing its origins back to the late 19thcentury when the Santa Barbara State Teachers College began training students in crafts and labor skills. Since then, it has grown tremendously throughout the decades, officially becoming the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1958. Today, UCSB is among the top 5 public universities in the country and ranks as the #1 Green School according to the Princeton Review. It is also one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to be a part of the Association of American Universities and ranks alongside 500 other campuses as one of the top universities in the world.
Beyond its accolades, UCSB offers a legendary campus experience, situated only steps from the Pacific with its own beachfront, a lagoon, on-campus apartments with mountain views, and an inclusive social landscape. Affectionately known as the ‘Gaucho community’, UCSB’s student body has hundreds of different clubs and organizations, fostering personal growth and wellness, as well as academic rigor.
HEAR FROM OUR STUDENTS
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
“During the past Christmas, we remembered where we were as a family a year ago … we feel very grateful for how incredibly far our son has come. I know The Haven at College played a major role in helping him accomplish this remarkable turnaround, and he, above all, is reaping the benefits. Thank you for your vision, hard work, and humanity in support of talented young people."
--Parent of Current Haven Resident
“The Haven at College is aptly named. The people here are knowledgeable, compassionate, insightful, and generous. They understand the struggles of bright, young adults trying to move forward from substance abuse to success, anticipating their struggles and meeting their needs in ways that are uncanny. There's no road map to finding the ideal environment for someone working toward recovery. If you have found The Haven, leap at this opportunity! Tell others about it! There is no safer, better choice out there.”
--Parent of Current Haven Resident
UCSB Administrator Endorsement
“Their program is just such an excellent one, it really takes into consideration the specific needs of students in a college setting, as opposed to another traditional sober living facility which serves a kind of broad spectrum of ages and lifestyles. The Haven at College founders have really devoted their expertise to crafting a program that supports these students at this particular time in their life. ”
- Jackie Kurta, Psy.D, LMFT, Director UCSB Alcohol & Drug Program
The Haven at Santa Barbara Recovery Residence Program Staff
Our Program Director (who also serves as our Recovery Coach) helps our residents develop and review individualized wellness plans during weekly one-on-one meetings. These plans encourage our students to balance their recovery, academic work, and social life. We also encourage attendance and participation in 12-step meetings (or other modalities).
Our live-in House Manager provides peer support, facilitates weekly community meetings, and organizes group activities that include camping trips, service projects, and sober tailgates. Our House Manager also administers routine drug and alcohol tests to keep The Haven safe and to ensure early intervention in the event of relapse. An innovative individualized program entrusts students with increasing levels of personal responsibility, to meet them where they are in recovery. The Haven at Santa Barbara also extends support to the entire family through monthly conferences with the Program Director, Parent education and process groups and family activities and programs.
Sue Dritsas, M.A., LMFT
Sue is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in the field of substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues. With more than 25 years in the mental health field, and over five years working with The Haven at Santa Barbara students, Sue’s broad experience encompasses the treatment of addiction utilizing a holistic approach. As a clinician, Sue works with others to build a stronger sense of self through self-awareness, reflection and in strengthening effective coping skills. Prior to joining The Haven, Sue worked as an alcohol and drug counselor & educator at UCSB. Sue received her B.A. in Psychology at Michigan State University and went on to obtain her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Antioch, Los Angeles.
Sam Lytle, B.A.
House Manager and Community Leader
Sam is originally from the Chicago area and moved into The Haven at UCSB as a resident in 2017, before becoming House Manager in the summer of 2018. He is pursuing a degree in Mathematics and Economics. Seeing residents succeed, both in the classroom and in their recovery, is the most rewarding part of his job. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and trying new restaurants.