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For more information, please refer to the following web
sites as a starting point to find information and resources to questions
you may have in regards to all aspects of alcoholism & other addictions:
list below comes to you from: Faces
and Voices of Recovery
Addiction Recovery Resources
Advocates For the Integration of Recovery and
Methadone, Inc. (AFIRM)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics for Christ
Alcoholics Victorious (AV)
Chemically Dependent Anonymous Online Resource Center
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
Harm Reduction Network (HAMS)
Heroin Anonymous (HA)
J.A.C.S. (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent
Persons and Significant Others)
LifeRing: Secular Recovery
Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
Marijuana Anonymous Online
Methadone Anonymous Support (see also A.F.I.R.M.)
Moderation Management (MM)
MomsOffMeth (Methamphetamine - "Crystal Meth") (M.O.M.)
Mothers on Methadone (MOM)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
Pills Anonymous World Service, Inc.
Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (S.O.S.)
Women for Sobriety
and Friend Addiction Recovery Resources
Because I Love You
Bipolar Significant Others (BPSO)
Co-Anon Family Groups
Families Anonymous (FA)
Gam-Anon International Service Office, Inc.
Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (G.R.A.S.P.)
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Recovering Couples Anonymous
support groups for other co-occurring problems
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
Emotions Anonymous (EA)
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
GROW, Inc. (USA)
Recovery After Substance Passing (G.R.A.S.P.)
Meetings in 7 states. A non-denominational network of Christ-centered
support and recovery groups. Meetings are open to men and women of
all ages who struggle with various addictions and who are seeking
lasting change in their lives. Loved ones and friends are also
welcomed. AV partners with local church families and various
Christian ministries that desire to reach out to those who are struggling
with addiction-related issues. Contact information: Addictions
Victorious, P.O. Box
5852, Deptford, NJ 08096; Phone: (866) 412-5252; Email: info@AddVicInc.org.
For the Integration of Recovery and Methadone, Inc. (AFIRM) International:
This site offers links to Methadone Anonymous, Methadone Patient Support
and Community Education Project. Founded 1991, spinning off from Methadone
Anonymous. Self help group for, and led by, current and former methadone
maintenance treatment patients. "Have you ever attended a 12-step
meeting and were not allowed to 'share' because you are a methadone
patient? Have you ever gone to one of these meetings and felt like
you could not be honest about being a methadone patient because there
were things you needed to talk about?" Telephone
numbers AFIRM is useful for people who to follow a 12-step program
while on methadone maintenance.
Anon Family Groups
International. 26,000 + groups in 115 countries. Fellowship of men,
women and children whose lives have been affected by a family member
or friend’s drinking. Contact: Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc., 1600 Corporate
Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617. Call (757) 563-1600
or (888) 4ALANON (meeting information, M-F, 8 AM - 6 PM ET) Note that
Al Anon Family Group information is available in English, Spanish,
and French. In general Al Anon groups prefer that only family and
friends of alcoholics attend their meetings. In Al Anon, the focus
is on the family member or friend, not the person with alcoholism.
All family members, children, spouses, parents and friends or employers
are welcome. Note the special page for
professionals which includes the results of a 2006 Survey of Al
Anon members and a 2006 Survey of Alateen members described in the
booklet "Who Are the Members of Al-Anon and Alateen?"
International. 106,202 groups. Founded 1935. Fellowship of men and
women who come together to share their experience, strength and hope
with the purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to
achieve sobriety. General Service Office, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central
Station, New York, NY 10163. Call (212) 870-3400. AA materials are
available in English, Spanish and French. Much specific information
is available via the 2004
AA survey. There are many online AA meetings that can be found
by searching the Internet. To find meetings in the U.S. and Canada,
inquire at local AA offices or view AA’s online list.
for Christ. International. Founded 1977. Over 100 open groups
meeting nationwide, many in metro-Detroit. An inter-denominational,
Christian fellowship that ministers to three groups: alcoholics or
substance abusers, family members, and adult children raised in families
affected by alcohol or substance abuse. According to their materials,
Alcoholics For Christ ministries provide non-denominational, Jesus-centered,
substance abuse support groups that utilize a common format and can
be supported by the entire Bible-believing Christian community worldwide.
can be located here. Contact information: Alcoholics for Christ,
1316 N. Campbell Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067; Phone (800) 441-7877;
Or through E-mail.
International. 170 groups. Founded 1948. 1045 Swift Street, Kansas
City, MO 64116. Call (816) 471-8020. The group uses the 12 Steps and
the Alcoholics Victorious Creed in meetings. According to their website,
AV offers a "safe environment for recovering people who recognize
Jesus Christ as their 'Higher Power.'" Alcoholics Victorious is a
public service of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).
The AV website offers a good directory of 12 Step and non-12 Step
recovery websites, but does not offer online meetings.
I Love You (BILY)
Founded 1982. Meetings in 14 states, mostly in CA. Nonprofit
support group for parents whose children (of all ages) have behavioral
problems, including alcohol and/or drug use. Focus is on providing
structure, consequences and consistency in addressing these issues.
Also, BILY youth peer support groups are provided in some areas.
Contact information: The Parent & Youth Support Group, P.O. Box
2062, Winnetka, CA 91396-2062; Phone: (818) 884-8242; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International. Founded in 2003. Online only. Multilingual site run
by people with bipolar disorders. The site includes a listing of support
group locations on the web and an “expert” column. Registration is
required to use the support groups. Bipolar dream's groups, boards
and chat rooms are run by specifically certified trained volunteers.
Contact them at email@example.com.
Significant Others (BPSO)
Online only. BPSO provides information and support to the families,
friends and loved ones of those who suffer from bipolar disorder (manic
depression). “These resources have helped many of us inform ourselves,
cope with behaviors that sometimes arise from the illness, better
understand our own reactions, and determine how we may best support
our loved ones in their efforts to understand and live with this often
terrible disease." BPSO maintains a private, closed and unmoderated
online mailing list for those who are involved in a loving, caring,
intimate and/or nurturing relationship with someone suffering from
bipolar affective disorder (manic depression). Unlike online newsgroups,
BPSO is accessible only to members. The BPSO website, however, offers
many useful links to "Major Bi-Polar sites.”
Online only. Bipolar World is for individuals diagnosed with Bipolar
Disorder (Manic Depression) and for the families and friends who care
for them. In addition to offering news and good information on diagnosis,
treatment, etc., it offers an opportunity to "Ask the Doctor" and
offers links to Message Boards and Chat Rooms on such topics as Dual
Diagnosis, Veterans with PTSD, Teens, and Parents of Bipolar Children.
International. Founded 1990 at Saddleback Church. Faith-based
peer recovery program in 10,000 churches in all 50 states. Focus is
on providing peer support and service ministry within a Christ-centered,
Bible-based recovery program. Click
here to locate a group.
Dependent Anonymous Online Resource Center (CDA)
National, with a group in England. Founded in 1980, today has 450
members in over fifty active groups mostly in Maryland and Delaware
with others in the Midwest, Florida, Connecticut, and Portland, Oregon.
CDA is a twelve-step fellowship of men and women whose primary purpose
is to stay clean and sober and to help others like them to achieve
recovery from chemical dependence. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to abstain from all mood changing and mind-altering chemicals.
CDA does not attempt to replace AA and encourages its members to use
other programs along with CDA. CDA offers literature in the form of
books and pamphlets including a starter kit for new groups. CDA can
be reached by mail at Chemically Dependent Anonymous, General Service
Office, P O Box 423, Severna Park, MD 21146. Call (888) CDA-HOPE.
International. Meetings in 13 states, Canada and the United Kingdom
as well as online. Co-Anon Family Groups is a twelve-step fellowship
of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives, or close
friends of someone who is dependent on cocaine.. Co-Anon's Emeeting
has over 300 members on 5 continents and functions as an "email group".
Co-Anon publishes literature that can be ordered through their website.
Its home page offers links to a newsletter that members of any Twelve-Step
group will find helpful. You may contact at Co-Anon Family Groups
World Services, PO Box 12722, Tucson, AZ, 85732-2722; Phone: (520)
513-5028 Tucson, Arizona or (800) 898-9985. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International. An estimated (1996) 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups.
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is concerned solely with the personal recovery
and continued sobriety of individual drug addicts who turn to its
Fellowship for help. CA does not engage in the fields of drug addiction
research, medical or psychiatric treatment, drug education, or propaganda
in any form – although members may participate in such activities
as individuals. CA is open to all persons who state a desire to stop
using cocaine, including "crack" cocaine, as well as all other mind-altering
substances. There are no dues or fees for membership. CA's expenses
are supported by the voluntary contributions of its members, all outside
contributions are respectfully declined. The same guidelines apply
to CA as to AA when making referrals.
Meth Anonymous (CMA)
National. Crystal Meth Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship for those
in recovery from addiction to crystal meth. There are no dues or fees
for membership. Membership is open to anyone with a desire to stop
using drugs. CMA is a young program, and is not active all over the
country at this time. A list of meetings in the US and Canada can
be found here.
"A 12-Step Program of Recovery: Depressed Anonymous was formed to
provide therapeutic resources for depressed individuals of all ages.
We work with the chronically depressed and those recently discharged
from health facilities who were treated for depression. . . . We also
seek to prevent depression through education and by creating a supportive
and caring community through support groups that successfully keep
individuals from relapsing into depression." Contact: Coordinator
Depressed Anonymous, PO Box 17414, Louisville, KY 40217; (502) 569-1989;
and Bipolar Support Alliance
National. 275 chapters. Founded 1986. Mutual support and information
for persons with depressive and manic depressive illness and their
families. Public education on the nature of depressive illnesses.
Annual conferences, chapter development guidelines. Quarterly newsletter.
Bookstore, catalog, mail orders. Contact: Depression and Bipolar Support
Alliance, 730 N. Franklin, Suite 501, Chicago, IL 60610. Although
not insisting on membership dues, the site pushes various levels of
"donors." Call (800) 826-3632 or (312) 642-0049. Links to screening
tools for Bipolar Disorder and Depression. The Alliance's membership
includes patients with the diagnosis, family members, and professionals.
Anyone with a diagnosis of Affective Disorder (Manic Depressive, Major
Depression) is eligible as are families and concerned professionals.
Although persons currently not stable on medications are allowed,
referral should be limited to those who are relatively stable.
Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
International. Founded in 1989, 880 meetings. DRA is an independent,
12-step, self-help organization for people with a dual diagnosis.
DRA is a nonprofessional self-help program. There must always be a
clear boundary separating the work of DRA from the work of chemical
dependency and mental health professionals. “The DRA Preamble and
our Twelve Traditions are designed to help guide our Meetings, Groups,
Intergroups, and Service Boards to operate in ways that best nurture
the recovery of all members of our Fellowship. Our Traditions are
a set of suggestions that help DRA as a whole keep on track to best
fulfill our Primary Purpose and maintain our Founding Vision.” Contact
Dual Recovery Anonymous World Service Central Office, P.O. Box 8107,
Prairie Village, KS 66208. Call Toll Free 1-877-883-2332. Many local
meetings are listed on the website by country and state.
International. 1200 chapters. Founded in 1971. 12-step fellowship
of people who come together for the purpose of working toward recovery
from emotional difficulties. Contact: E.A., PO Box 4245, St. Paul,
MN 55104. Phone: (651) 647-9712. EA is most suitable for people who
are dually diagnosed and already attend AA or NA and people who want
to use the 12 steps for emotional concerns not limited by diagnosis.
International. Founded in 1971, over 500 groups. ”Families Anonymous
(FA) is a Twelve Step, self help, recovery program and fellowship
of support groups for relatives and friends of those who have alcohol,
drug or behavioral problems." Information from P.O. Box 3475, Culver
City, CA 90231-3475. FA's World Service Office can be reached at (800)
736-9805, between 10 AM and 4 PM PST, or by e mail at famanon@FamiliesAnonymous.org.
Web site includes information on meetings, literature, and an e-meeting.
For parents concerned with drug and alcohol abuse to minor behavioral
problems, runaways, hostility, delinquency, truancy, and other related
International. Founded 1957, approximately 1200 chapters. Fellowship
of men and women who share experience, strength and hope with each
other to recover from compulsive gambling by following a 12-step program.
Chapter development kit. Monthly bulletin for members. Contact: GA.,
P.O. Box 17173, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Call (213) 386-8789.
International Service Office, Inc.
International. Founded 1960, 500 groups. Twelve-step fellowship for
men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends
of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by the gambling problem.
Purpose is to learn acceptance and understanding of the gambling illness,
and to use the program to rebuild lives, and give assistance to those
who suffer. Contact: Gam-Anon International Service Office, Inc.,
PO Box 307, Massapequa Park, NY 11762
718-352-1671; Gam-Anon follows the same guidelines as Al-Anon Family
Recovery After Substance Passing (G.R.A.S.P.)
In the San Diego, California area. Model support group for those who
have lost someone due to substance use. Website does not list meeting
places or numbers of groups but offers a phone number and email address
of the group's founders who will provide information for those wishing
to begin local chapters. The site also has a link where departed loved
ones can be commemorated, information on coping methods, meditations,
literature recommendations, and other resources and personal reflections.
This group is representative of many local groups that respond to
the need for support by relatives who have lost someone to alcohol
and/or drugs. Call (619) 656-8414 or email email@example.com.
International. Founded in 1957, with 650 groups in the USA, Australia,
New Zealand, Ireland and other countries. GROW, International, was
originally organized in Australia. GROW in America is fully developed
in Illinois and New Jersey. It also has a small core of groups in
Rhode Island. People come to GROW with diverse problems in living,
such as mental health issues, emotional troubles, or difficulty coping
with grief, loneliness, anxiety or stress. GROW offers leadership
training and consultation to develop new groups. Contact: GROW, Inc.,GROW
in America, P.O. Box 3667, Champaign, Illinois 61826. Call 1-888-741-GROW.
Harm Reduction Network is a free of charge, peer-led support group
for people concerned about their use of alcohol or other mood-altering
substances. The 14 elements of the HAMS program help members to achieve
safer use, reduced use, or abstinence from alcohol/drugs. HAMS sponsors
live meetings in New York City and an online
site that offers a chat room with scheduled chats every evening
at 9:00 P.M. EST, as well as an email group, online forum, sample
drinking reduction plans, lists of recommended reading, an online
store, and links to other helpful sites. Hams can be contacted
at The HAMS Harm Reduction Network, Inc., P. O. Box 498, Prince Street
Station, New York, NY 10012. Phone: 347-678-5671. or you can email
National. Six groups in four states: Arizona, Texas, Michigan, California.
HA is a Twelve-Step program adapted from AA's 12 steps and is concerned
solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of heroin
addicts. There are no dues or fees for membership. HA will assist
new groups that seek to begin meetings in new locations. Interested
parties can obtain group literature from the headquarters or by PDF
on the web site. Contact
HA or by postal mail at Heroin Anonymous World Services, Inc.,
HAWS, 5025 N. Central Avenue - #587 Phoenix, AZ 85012 .
(Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others)
International. About 50 groups. Aims to help Jews understand alcoholism
and especially how to integrate Alcoholics Anonymous with their Judaism.
Contact J.A.C.S., 850 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Phone: (212)
397-4197. Refer: Jewish clients with alcohol and/or drug problems,
especially if they have difficulty with the spirituality of A.A. or
International. Founded in 2001. LifeRing sponsors face-to-face groups
and online connections to chat rooms, discussion forums, blogs, and
links to sources of information related to recovery from addiction.
LifeRing is not affiliated with any other organization, and is independent
financially, legally, and organizationally. It is supported by meetings
that forward proceeds from passing the basket, and by literature sales.
LifeRing's website provides a wealth of information and links to its
meetings and Internet services. Contact LifeRing by phone at (800)
811-4142; by mail at 1440 Broadway, Suite 312, Oakland, CA 94612-2023;
International. Meetings in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and
five foreign countries. Marijuana Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship
that addresses the common problem of marijuana addiction. There are
face-to-face and online meetings. There are four online meetings per
week and one additional meeting that is an online, voice chat meeting.
Information available from the web site and the General Service Office.
MA can be reached at: Marijuana Anonymous World Services, P.O. Box
2912,Van Nuys, CA 91404, (800) 766-6779.
Online only. Marijuana Anonymous Online was created to be an internet
resource for support, information and recovery from marijuana addiction.
It is the online affiliate of Marijuana Anonymous, a fellowship of
men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with
each other that they may solve their common problem and help others
to recover from pot addiction. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop using marijuana. MA-online offers daily online
meetings led by a volunteer and a chat room that can be accessed through
the web site. In addition they offer literature and an online newsletter.
Contact MA Online c/o MAWS, P.O. Box 2912, Van Nuys, CA 91404.
International. Methadone Anonymous Support is a 12-Step program for
people recovering from opiate addiction. It holds groups in all U.S.
states and in Canada; the web site provides a meeting locator for
groups in most of the states. In addition, their web site hosts online
support forums and an expert to answer questions. Online MA meetings
will soon be added. Please note that most browsers require a lot of
scrolling down on the opening page of this site. More information
can be found by emailing Carol@MethadoneAnonymous.info.
National. Founded 1993, 50 groups. Support for problem drinkers who
want to reduce their drinking and make other positive lifestyle changes.
For those who have experienced mild to moderate levels of alcohol
related problems. Literature, support group meetings, on line support
group and handbook available. Assistance in starting new groups. Contact:
Moderation Management Network, Inc., 22 West 27th Street, 5th Floor,
New York, NY 10001, Phone: (212) 871-0974, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Moderation Management nationwide meeting directory has been updated
as of January 17, 2007. Moderation Management's On-line Support Group
may be accessed at http://www.moderation.org/onlinegroups.shtml
MM is for people who want to limit their alcohol intake without total
abstinence. MM requires that participants begin with abstinence for
30 days and recommends AA or another abstinence program for who cannot
follow “the MM limits”: http://www.moderation.org/readings.shtml#mmlimits.
(Methamphetamine - "Crystal Meth") (M.O.M.)
Hopes to become National. Founded in 1999. Sponsors face-to-face groups
throughout the State of Iowa. The group now reports locations of 39
groups that meet weekly. Their goal is to "provide a safe place for
women who have either lost their children or are in danger of losing
them due to problems with drugs or alcohol." Locations and contact
information about each group can be found on the web site, which also
includes a message board and a very complete and helpful discussion,
on Methadone (MOM)
National. Online only. Founded in 2005 in Warwick, Rhode Island at
Kent Hospital. The site requires registration prior to posting. This
education and support webpage is hosted by Sharon Dembinski, Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner and NAMA Certified Methadone Advocate. The main
goal of this site is to reduce the stigma and misinformation surrounding
the use of Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) during pregnancy
through the sharing of accurate information and support. This site
offers support, education and hope to expectant women in recovery
from an opioid dependence who are utilizing MMT. Expectant and postpartum
MMT patients and the professionals who care for them are welcome and
encouraged to join. For more information contact: email@example.com.
International. Nar-Anon Family Groups is a world-wide 12-Step Program
for relatives and friends of addicts. It has affiliated groups in
all of the United States and 22 countries outside the USA. The only
requirement to be a member and attend Nar-Anon meetings is that there
is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon
is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity. Nar-Anon
literature is available on its website. To obtain information about
Nar-Anon groups go to the website at http://nar-anon.org/naranongroups.htm
or call (800) 477-6291. Contact: Nar-Anon Family Groups Headquarters,
Inc., 22527 Crenshaw Blvd. Suite 200B, Torrance, CA 90505 USA; Email:
International. Founded in 1953, 30,000+ groups. Fellowship of men
and women who come together for the purpose of sharing their recovery
from drug abuse. There are no dues, fees, or registration requirements.
The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using drugs.
Uses 12-Step program adapted from AA. Information is available in
several languages, on audio tapes and in Braille. Anyone who abuses
alcohol or other drugs is welcome in NA. Contact: NA, P.O. Box 9999,
Van Nuys, CA 91409. Call (818) 773-9999.
Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women helping each other
to live our lives free of nicotine. . . . “The only requirement for
membership is the desire to stop using nicotine." Contact: Nicotine
Anonymous World Services, 419 Main Street, PMB#370, Huntington Beach,
CA 92648. Voice Mail at (415) 750-0328; email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous was formed to serve
all online AA Groups in the rapidly growing online Fellowship. It
offers links to international sites in several languages and sponsors
real time meetings, email meetings, events calendar, information and
links to other sites and groups. The number and variety of online
groups available for U.S.A. participants is truly extraordinary. More
information can be found here. Membership in the Intergroup is
open to all online AA groups and all AA members. There are no dues
or fees for membership.
International. Founded 1977, 1000+ groups. “Bridging the Gap Between
Traditional 12-Step Support Groups and Hurting People In Churches
of All Denominations.” A Christian ministry that utilizes the 12 steps
of Alcoholics Anonymous along with scriptures. It offers support to
those with a wide variety of mental health and addiction problems
including depression, relationship difficulties, and more. Everyone
is welcome at their meetings. The groups operate within local churches
and community. P.O. 922950, Sylmar, CA 91392-2950; Email: email@example.com.
Anonymous World Service, Inc.
Pills Anonymous got its start in New Your City in 1972. It wasn't
until October 1, 2008 that Pills Anonymous World Service, Inc. became
an official Incorporated entity. Read at meetings: “Pills Anonymous
is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength
and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem
and help others to recover from pill addiction. The only requirement
for membership is a desire to stop using pills. There are no dues
or fees for PA membership; we are self supporting through our own
PA is not affiliated with any religious group, politics, organization
or institution. We do not wish to engage in any controversy and neither
endorse nor oppose any cause.This is a program which works by regularly
meetings and working the 12
Steps of Recovery with other pill addicts. Our primary purpose
is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We work together
to stay clean and help others achieve the same freedom.” Contact:
International. Founded 1981. 50 chapters. Twelve-step
spiritual recovery group for anyone seeking a solution for any kind
of addiction, problem or behavior. Families and friends welcome.
'How To Begin...' guides and 'Start A Group' kit can be downloaded
for free from the website. Contact information: R.A. Universal
Services, P.O. Box 1212, East Northport, NY 11731; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded 1988. A fellowship of couples that participate in a variety
of 12-Step programs. The only requirement for membership is a desire
to remain committed to each other and to develop new intimacy. Click
to locate a meeting. Contact information: RCA WSO, P.O. Box 11029,
Oakland, CA 94611; Phone: (510) 663-2312; E-mail: email@example.com
International. Founded 1937, 700+ groups. A community mental health
mutual-aid group that offers a self-help method of will training;
a system of techniques for controlling temperamental behavior and
changing attitudes toward nervous symptoms, anxiety, depression, anger
and fears. For publications, information on starting groups, and member
leadership training, contact Recovery, Inc., 802 N. Dearborn St.,
Chicago, IL 60610. Call (312) 337-5661. A special website with links
to literature for professionals at http://www.recovery-inc.org/professionals.html.
Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (S.O.S.)
International. Founded (as Secular Sobriety Groups) in 1985, about
750 groups. "Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS)
is a nonprofit network of autonomous, nonprofessional local groups
dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety.
SOS takes a self empowerment approach to recovery and maintains sobriety
is a separate issue from all else." Very active web groups. Contact:
Jim Christopher, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027 (323) 666-4295.;
E-mail: SOS@CFIWest.org. Useful
for people with alcoholism who have difficulty with the spirituality
or "religion" of Alcoholics Anonymous.
International. A non-profit operating since 1994 as SMART Recovery®,
when it split with Rational Recovery (http://www.rational.org/); offers
more than 300 face to face meetings and 16+ online meetings per week.
SMART Recovery® is free, self-empowering, evidence-based support
group for abstaining from any addictive behavior (substances or activities).
Discourages use of the labels "alcoholic" and "addict."
Teaches self-empowering "tools" organized under the 4-Point
Program: Motivation, coping with craving, problem-solving and lifestyle
balance. Tools include the cost-benefit analysis, and rational problem-solving
and coping with craving techniques. Of particular interest to those
who do not view addictive behavior as a disease, or who do not want
to rely on a higher power for recovery. However, SMART Recovery®
is not opposed to belief in a higher power, and participants are encouraged
to live in accordance with their highest values (religious or otherwise).
Contact: SMART Recovery® , 7537 Mentor Avenue, Suite #306, Mentor,
Ohio 44060, Toll-Free: (866) 951-5357 or (440) 951-5357.
Online only. "12-step support groups combined with 'Virtual Fellowship'
and recovery management tools make Sober 24 a safe, anonymous recovery
environment for those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction.”
The site contains "bulletin boards and chat rooms where you can get
support when you need it, and offer your own support to those who
can benefit from it. They offer virtual meetings on a regular basis.
. . ." The site also offers reading material and lists local meetings.
The site is password protected and charges a $32 membership fee after
a free trial period of 24 days.
National. Founded in 1976. with about 200 groups. The website also
offers an e-mail link. "Based upon a Thirteen Statement Program of
positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth, the 'New
Life' Program has been extremely effective in helping women to overcome
their alcoholism and learn a wholly new lifestyle." Many online groups.
Contact: WFS, Inc., P.O. Box 618, Quakertown, PA 18951-0618, Phone:
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