In Collaboration with University of California, Santa Barbara

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.

All Recovery Meeting Saturday 9PM

Haven Meeting Held at 6670 Sueno Road, Goleta CA 93117

The Haven at College Recovery Residence and Peer to Peer Mentoring & Monitoring Program
6670 Sueno Road
Goleta, CA 93117

The Haven Recovery Residence

The Haven at Santa Barbara Recovery Residence is located in a beautiful private residence in Isla Vista, Just a few steps from the Pacific ocean and a short walk or bike ride from the UCSB campus. Haven residents live in furnished bedrooms with same-sex roommates, helping each other navigate midterms and life’s terms. The house is stocked with surfboards, kayaks and bicycles for Haven residents to enjoy in their spare time. Through weekly recovery meetings, individualized wellness sessions, group accountability, social & recreational events, the Haven’s student led community fosters long term recovery while forming lasting friendships. CALL US TODAY: 310.822.1234


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.



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

Program Director

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

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.