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Founded in 1976 by physician Dr. Robert G. O’Brient, Janus of Santa Cruz offers residential and outpatient treatment programs near Seabright and Natural Bridges, two of California’s most beautiful state beaches. It was established as a private nonprofit, and is well-regarded for its long-term aftercare support and high completion rate.

Accommodations and Food

Residential treatment takes place in a two-story house, where Janus of Santa Cruz offers comfortable and spacious living quarters for 20 clients. Men and women’s quarters are separate, with six rooms for men and four for women—each with two beds to a room. Clients stay on the second floor and staff on the first. There is a common dining and kitchen area, open to everyone. This location houses adults only, but there is a separate residential facility where women can bring their children to treatment.

Three meals are prepared daily by an on-site chef, whose focus is on healthy options and a diverse menu featuring organic and locally sourced items. Snacks are readily available, and throughout the day and coffee and tea are available upon request.

While there is no fitness room on-site, a membership to the local gym is available, as well as the swim center where clients can take lessons or just enjoy the pool. There is also no media room and personal electronics aren’t allowed at the facility so clients can focus on their recovery.

Treatment and Staff

Janus of Santa Cruz treats addiction in a supportive and respectful environment. All of the programs start with an assessment to decide what is best for the client, but everybody can expect a combination of one-on-one, group and family counseling. Treatment and services include detox, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opiate addiction recovery and CBT. While treatment is geared toward drug and alcohol dependency, the program also addresses physical or psychological co-occurring disorders that could compromise recovery.

A typical day includes a 6:30 am wake up call, optional morning meditation, breakfast and a morning group counseling session. Afterwards, residents are given personal assignments like journaling or reading, or may have individual therapy. Between lunch and dinner, a staff member takes clients on a daily outing to the beach, located just a block away. After dinner, clients have the option to attend an AA or NA meeting. Janus of Santa Cruz does not focus on the 12 steps, but they do encourage residents to use these programs to supplement their recovery.

Educational services are provided, as well as assistance and support with employers or court systems to facilitate a successful transition back to everyday life.

A separate residential program is available for pregnant women or women with children under the age of three. This service includes intensive group, individual and family counseling available and is housed in the Mondanaro-Baskin Center for Women and Children in a two-story Victorian style home. The main goal is to support both mother and child in a nurturing environment. There is also an outpatient program, depending on the needs of the individual. Children can live with their mothers during the residential program; for outpatient, they are provided on-site day care.

Janus of Santa Cruz uses two forms of medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction, each designed to help break the pattern of addiction safely and effectively. Dr. Bill Morris, the medical director, has many years of experience in prescribing methadone and buprenorphine and overseeing these courses of treatment. In collaboration with each patient, Dr. Morris and clinical staff members determine which medication will be most effective. Inpatient treatment is usually recommended for these clients, but the medications are also available in the outpatient program.

The counselors and staff are made up of medical professionals, addiction specialists, MFTs and therapists certified in perinatal drug and alcohol addictions. Many of the staff are recovering addicts themselves. There are three counselors in the residential program and each sees no more than seven residents at a time for group counseling sessions, so they can devote plenty of time to each client.


Yoga and Qi-Gong are offered twice a week; staff also take residents on daily recreational outings. Janus of Santa Cruz encourages families and friends of those in the residential program to attend the free family program, which is held at the main facility. This all-day Saturday program begins with a private meeting led by a recovery specialist, exclusively for friends and family. Support sessions include the clients themselves, while the afternoon session is open to multiple families at once.

Janus of Santa Cruz offers a lifetime aftercare group to all who have completed the program, with bi-weekly meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays.

In Summary

Janus of Santa Cruz is a supportive environment for clients and families of those in need of addiction treatment. While clients won’t find a massage therapist or spa here, what Janus does offer is a comfortable environment and basic tools for a lasting recovery.

Janus of Santa Cruz Location

200 7th Ave, Ste 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Janus of Santa Cruz Cost

Sliding scale (28 days). Reach Janus of Santa Cruz by phone at (831) 462-1060 or by phone at (866) 526-8772 (toll free). Find Janus of Santa Cruz on Facebook

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