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The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has served the beautiful oceanside community of Santa Barbara, California for over 50 years, providing emergency shelter for the homeless, and long-term substance abuse recovery. The vast majority of the mission’s resources are devoted to residential and outpatient treatment for clients. A non-medical treatment facility, the programs operate in two gender-specific locations in central Santa Barbara, close to the beach.

Accommodations and Food

Both the 45-bed men’s and the 24-bed women’s homes provide similarly structured treatment. The facilities are home-like, with cozy bedrooms and patios on which to relax. Clients are first housed four or five to a room, with privacy increasing to a maximum of two to a room as the client gains sober time. All clients are required to stay on the grounds for the entirety of their first 30 days in the program, with escorted leave and independent leave allowed over the course of treatment. All clients are required to participate in daily cleaning chores, as well as a deep clean of the house each Saturday, and assist with all meal preparation. Food is nutritious and home-cooked.

Treatment and Staff

Both the men’s and the women’s residential programs are 12 months in length, with clients graduating only once they have completed most of the 12 steps of AA or NA. Treatment plans are based in Christian and 12-step principles, with faith in God being a central tenant of the program. Group and individual therapy is part of treatment, along with spiritual counseling, 12-step meetings, life skills training, chores and daily exercise.

Medical detox is not provided, but clients are referred to the nearby detox center the mission works closely with and are able to enter residential treatment upon completion. Clients with co-occurring disorders are provided with dual diagnosis support, and medication management is also provided if necessary.

The outpatient program consists of three levels of treatment, varying from two to three visits per week, for as many weeks as needed. The programs are tailored for each client, and include addiction education, process groups, dual diagnosis groups, Christian recovery groups, family support and family counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, relapse prevention and aftercare services.

Staff consists of CADCs, case managers and therapists who are LCSWs. A three to one ratio of client to staff is maintained, with staff supervising clients 24/7.


The Family Support Program operates as part of the outpatient services, and is offered on one Saturday per month. It is an opportunity for family members to participate in group and individual counseling sessions, along with their loved one.

In Summary

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission boasts a long-term success rate of more than double most other addiction recovery programs. While the rate of those not returning to addiction after five years is 21% for other programs, it is 55% for clients that complete treatment at the Mission. Part of this success can be attributed to the length and intensity of the program. Twelve months is a substantial enough time that real cognitive and behavioral changes can be made in the client, and a new way of living can evolve.

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Location

535 E. Yanonali Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Cost

Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Santa Barbara Rescue Mission by phone at (805) 966-1316 or by email at Find Santa Barbara Rescue Mission on Facebook, LinkedIn and Vimeo

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