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(MULTILINGUAL) International. 106,000 groups worldwide. Founded 1935. 12-Step. Fellowship of women and men who are seeking a solution to their drinking problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Supported by voluntary contributions of its members and groups. A.A. neither seeks nor accepts outside funding. Members observe personal anonymity at the public level, thus emphasizing A.A. principles rather than personalities. For more information check your local phone directory.
A.A. World Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 459 Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
(MULTILINGUAL) International. 1770 groups. Founded 1957. 12-Step. Fellowship of young persons whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. An active adult member of Al-Anon who is certified as eligible serves as a sponsor for each group. Group development guidelines and newsletter. Literature is available in over 30 languages.
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
National. 25,295 groups. Founded 1951. 12-Step. Fellowship of men, women and adolescents lives have been affected by the drinking of a family member or friend. Opportunity for personal recovery and growth. Guidelines for starting groups. Literature is available in over 40 languages.
Al-Anon Family Group
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
International. 20 chapters. Founded 1947. Fellowship of Catholic alcoholics maintaining their sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous. Concerned with total abstinence, spiritual development and sanctification of the whole personality of each member. Bimonthly newsletter. Assistance in chapter development.
3881 Highland Ave., Suite 201
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Voice: 651-773-3117 or 1-800-398-0524
International. 150 groups. Founded 1976. Program designed specifically to help chemically addicted women achieve sobriety. Addresses need to overcome depressed feelings and guilt. Monthly newsletter, information and referrals, phone support, group meetings, conferences and group development guidelines.
Women For Sobriety
Quakertown, PA 18951
(Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) International. Founded 1980. For alcoholic and chemically dependent Jews, families, friends, associates and the community. Networking, community outreach, retreats, newsletter, literature, spiritual events and speakers' bureau.
135 West 50th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10020
International. 700 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Christ-centered. Support for anyone affected by addictions, as well as their families and friends. Uses 12-steps of A.A. and applies them to the Scriptures. Uses Jesus Christ as the 'higher power'. Supplements involvement in other 12-step groups. Newsletter, group development guidelines and conferences.
Overcomers Outreach, Inc.
12828 Acheson Dr.
Whittier, CA 90601
International. Founded 1986. Mutual help for alcoholics and addicts who want to acknowledge their addiction and maintain sobriety as a separate issue from religion or spirituality. Newsletter. Guidelines and assistance available for starting groups. Real-time online chats and e-groups available.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
International network. 7000 members. 175 affiliated groups. Founded 1949. Opportunity for doctoral level health care professionals to discuss common problems and find common solutions to drug and alcohol problems. Annual meetings (1st week Aug.), phone support, newsletter, information and referrals. Mutual help meetings at conferences of other organizations. Also, Al-Anon program for helping families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. In addition, website provides links to several listgroups (ongoing recovery-related meetings conducted by e-mail).
c/o Dale Syfert
2616 N.W. 25th Place
Gainesville, FL 32605-2826
National network. Founded 1984. 250 members. Network of recovering nurse anesthetists. Provides phone support, information and referrals to groups and treatment.
8233 Brookside Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Voice: 215-635-0183 or 215-872-6821
International. 1500+ meetings. Founded 1977. 12-Step. Program of recovery for individuals who were raised in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional household. Group development guidelines, newsletter and literature. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope when writing.
P.O. Box 3216
Torrance, CA 90510
International. 25 groups. Founded 1993. Behavioral change program and support network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. Empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. Promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior when moderation is a more easily achievable goal. Online meetings, chatroom topic meetings, listservs and moderation-friendly therapist listings.
2795 East Bidwell St., Ste 100-244
Folsom, CA 95630-6480
(Self-Management And Recovery Training) International. 900+ affiliated groups. Founded 1994. Network of self-help groups for individuals wanting to gain their independence from addictive and compulsive behaviors. SMART Recovery is an abstinence program based on cognitive-behavioral principles, especially those of rational-emotive behavior therapy. Daily online meetings, message boards, newsletter, information, referrals, chatroom, literature and assistance in starting local groups.
SMART Recovery Self-Help Network
7304 Mentor Ave. Ste. F
Mentor, OH 44060
Voice: 1-866-951-5357 or 440-951-5357
International. 40+ affiliated groups. Founded 1975. Serves as a clearinghouse for support groups for lawyers who are recovering alcoholics or have other chemical dependencies. Newsletter, annual conventions and group development guidelines.
c/o Eli Gauna
17216 Saticoy St. Ste. 211
Van Nuys, CA 91406
International. 5 affiliated groups. Founded 1976. Purpose is to help all men recover from chemical addiction through the discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes and encouragement with other men in similar circumstances. Recognizes men's complex role in today's society.
Men for Sobriety
P.O. Box 618
Quakertown, PA 18951-9618
International. Founded 1999. Secular community of persons who are building lives free of dependency on alcohol and other drugs. Group activities are not associated with religion or spirituality. Members practice complete abstinence from alcohol and other addicting drugs. Peer support, literature, information, referrals and advocacy activities. Guidelines available for starting similar groups. Offers face-to-face meetings along with online support groups accessed by email, chat, bulletin board, and social-networking sites. Publishes sobriety literature.
LifeRing Secular Recovery
1440 Broadway, Suite 312
Oakland, CA 94612-2041
Voice: 1-800-811-4142 or 510-763-0779
International. 500+ groups. Founded 1971. 12-Step. Fellowship for relatives and friends of persons with drug, alcohol or behavioral problems. Members learn to achieve their own serenity in spite of the turmoil which surrounds them. Besides many booklets, pamphlets and bookmarks, publications include daily thought book, 'Today A Better Way' and a bi-monthly newsletter 'The Twelve-Step Rag.' Offers group development guidelines.
701 Lee St., #670
Des Plaines, IL 60016
International. 150 affiliated groups. Founded 1948. 12-Step. Christian-oriented group for those recovering from alcohol or chemical dependency. Information and referrals, literature, phone support, conferences, support group meetings and newsletter. Assistance in starting groups. How-to materials.
PO Box 4422
Tequesta, FL 33469
Online. 7080 members. Founded 1995. Support for parents of a child with one of the many behavior disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Parents of children all ages welcome.
12-Step. International. 50 chapters. 12-Step. Spiritual recovery group for anyone seeking solution for any kind of addiction, problem or behavior. Families and friends welcome. Face-to-face and telephone meetings available. For information visit website and click on 'Meetings' tab or 'Contact Us' tab. Free 'How To Begin...' guides and 'Start A Group' kit can be downloaded for free from the website.
R.A. Universal Services
P.O. Box 1212
East Northport, NY 11731
International. 1115 members. Founded 2007. Supports positive change from safer drinking to reduced drinking to quitting alcohol altogether. Offers face-to-face meetings, e-mail groups and online chatroom.
P.O. Box 498
Prince St. Station
New York, NY 10012
International. Founded 1988. Provides mutual support for pastors and ministers recovering from addictions and actively participating in a 12-step recovery program. Provides phone network, meetings at an international 12-step conference, information and referrals. Assistance in starting local/regional groups.
International Ministers and Pastors in Recovery
P.O. Box 1515
Palm Desert, CA 92261
International. Founded 1972. 12-Step. Program to help airmen (pilots and crewmembers) who are active or inactive in private, commercial or military aviation suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. Members share experience, strength and hope in order to help each other. Groups (called 'nests') are autonomous. Assistance in starting new 'nests.' NetNest online computer-based e-mail meeting. Newsletter. Annual convention.
510 Old Valley Pt.
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Online. Provides peer support communities for those with drug/alcohol addiction, family and friends.
12-Step. International. Founded 2003. Mutual support for all addictions including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, smoking and gambling.
AAA World GSO
40 Wickstead Way
Thornhill, ON L3T 5E4
International. Founded 1989. 12-Step. Program for individuals who experience a dual disorder of chemical dependency and a psychiatric or emotional illness. Primary purpose is to help one another achieve dual recovery and to prevent relapse. Literature, newsletter and assistance in starting local groups.
Dual Recovery Anonymous
P.O. Box 8107
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Founded 1980. A national network of MSW's, BSW's and students who have a personal experience with alcohol/chemical dependence, either their own or that of a significant other. Social workers with other addictions are welcomed to attend meetings. Primary purpose is to facilitate mutual support among the members though a combination of meetings, workshops, newsletter, email, lists, a monthly online meeting, telephone contacts, and an annual retreat/conference. Contact via website.
12-Step. Christian-based. Support for individuals who desire freedom from any addiction including alcohol, drugs, sex, smoking, gambling, overeating, co-dependency, etc.
LDS Family Services
724 East 2100 South, Ste B
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
International. Founded 2008. Meetings in the US, Australia, Canada, Thailand and in the UK. Supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people in recovery from addiction. Open to people of all backgrounds. Promotes mindfulness and meditation.
Buddhist Recovery Network
c/o Against The Stream
4300 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Founded 1989. Closed office in 2011. Some 12-step DTR groups still meet, as members help one another solve their common problems, to recover from both their addiction(s) and mental disorder. Free how-to's on starting DTR groups at website: http://www.hazelden.org/web/go/dtr (below info on DTR 'Basic Guide'). How-to's for professionals helping clients start groups are for sale. To check on any local DTR groups, visit www.power2u.org - click 'Consumer-Run Statewide Organizations' on left, and ask your state organization for local dual recovery groups.
International Resource. Formed in 1996. Helps direct pharmacists and student pharmacists with an addiction to appropriate 12-step and other resources for peer support and recovery, e.g., IDAA. Provides an email support network for those running local or regional pharmacist recovery networks, or who are interested in developing such support networks where none currently exist.
Model Group. Approximately a hundred groups in Oregon. Founded 2005. A peer support group based on the 12-steps, which has an additional 5-Steps that focus upon dual recovery (from both mental illness and substance abuse). DDA groups are primarily in Oregon. Email or phone for information on some DDA groups outside Oregon, or for free help in starting a new group, click on 'Printable Material' to see handouts, which includes information on facilitating and running a DDA group.
PO Box 2883
Portland, OR 97208