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The Best Places to Meditate in Huntington Beach

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

January 24, 2023 (Originally Published)

January 31, 2024 (Last Updated)

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Meditation delivers myriad benefits, but these are the most relevant for those in recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction:

  • Natural way of reducing stress
  • Helps to manage stress response
  • Restructures the brain’s reward center through mindfulness
  • May help minimize the likelihood of relapse

This guide showcases some of the best places to meditate in Huntington Beach for those kickstarting their recovery in Southern California.

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Meditation Services in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach in Orange County is home to two highly reputable meditation services:

  • The Zen Den
  • Behind The Lids

The Zen Den

The Zen Den is an impressive wellness facility located in Huntington Beach that provides anyone in recovery from addiction a space to create positive and meaningful change.

Engage with the following classes and make mental and physical changes to your life as you transition into sober living:

  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Yoga
  • Sound Healing
  • Cosmic Journey
  • Sacred Circle
  • Moon Ceremonies
  • Kids Classes

Teachers use a variety of styles and there is a powerful sense of community at The Zen Hub, one of the best places to meditate in Huntington Beach.

Behind the Lids

Behind the Lids is a healing collective developed to help people with a desire to heal to initiate change in a safe and inclusive environment free of judgment. The core ethos of BTL is to provide a secure space for all those looking to learn more about themselves on a deeper level.

Behind The Lids regularly offers deals – unlimited classes for $100 for the month of January, for instance. While Dry January 2023 is winding down, practice breathwork and meditation at Behind The Lids in Huntington Beach year-round as you firm up your sobriety and create a happier, healthier life.

Where to Practice Meditation Individually in Huntington Beach

You can also find idyllic spots to practice meditation in and around Huntington Beach at:

  • Pacific City Park
  • Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
  • Crescent Bay Point Park

Pacific City Park

Pacific City is located on Pacific Coast Highway and enjoys unimpeded beach views. This recent addition to Surf City is a dining, shopping, and lifestyle destination that also includes more secluded spots where you can meditate.

Enjoy the following activities at Pacific City before meditating:

  • Outdoor movies
  • Patio dining
  • Artisan markets

In Pacific City Park, you can center yourself after a hectic day and practice meditation while drinking in the oceanfront views.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve attracts nature lovers and birdwatchers, but this saltwater marsh is also studded with secluded spots where you can take 10 minutes to practice your favorite meditation.

Meander along five miles of trails through 1,300 acres of wetlands categorized by habitat. With 100 different plants and trees, stunning vistas, and ample opportunity for meditation, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a free and stimulating day out for those in recovery from addiction.

Crescent Bay Point Park

Crescent Bay Point Park is located on the bluff above Crescent Bay. The grassy park boasts views of Crescent Bay Beach below. You can walk down via a paved path protected with railings.

Use one of the sitting areas or benches to meditate and clear your mind while surrounded by natural beauty.

How Meditation Can Help with Addiction Treatment

Many people who have been abusing alcohol or drugs long-term become accustomed to using substances as a default coping mechanism. Some of the most common difficulties for those in recovery include coping with:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Insomnia

Studies show that mindfulness meditation can alleviate all of these symptoms. Beyond this, meditating will help you to become more aware of your thoughts, and also to become less disturbed by adverse or uncomfortable experiences.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) advises those in recovery to occupy body and mind to minimize the chances of relapse during withdrawal. Meditation is one of the most effective ways to give your mind a vigorous workout, while relaxing your body at the same time.

There is a growing evidence base for the effectiveness of medication in addiction treatment, meaning that many addiction recovery centers in California and beyond include meditation among the holistic therapies on offer to supplement evidence-based addiction treatment like MAT (medication-assisted treatment) and psychotherapy (talk therapy like CBT or DBT).

Addiction Treatment in Huntington Beach

If you choose to initiate your recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction in Huntington Beach, you will have access to an abundance of activities like meditation, as well as the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Renaissance Recovery Center in Huntington Beach offers affordable luxury rehab in an outpatient setting.

We provide the following treatment programs for all types of addictions:

  • PHP (partial hospitalization program)
  • IOP (intensive outpatient program)
  • Virtual IOP (remote rehab via videoconferencing)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment program

If you require assistance with drug or alcohol withdrawal, we can connect you with a licensed medical detox centers in Orange County.

All Renaissance Recovery addiction treatment programs individualize treatment from these evidence-based and holistic therapies:

  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Individual counselling
  • Group counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Experiential adventure therapy
  • Meditation and mindfulness

Take the first vital step by reaching out to admissions at 866.330.9449.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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