(MULTILINGUAL) International. 58,000+ meetings per week in 131 countries. Founded 1953. 12-Step. Worldwide multicultural organization whose primary purpose is to help any individual stop using drugs. No dues, fees or registration. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using drugs. Information is available in several languages, on audio tape, CD and in Braille.
Narcotics Anonymous World Services
P.O. Box 9999
Van Nuys, CA 91409
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 bimonthly newsletter 'The Twelve-Step Rag.' Offers group development guidelines.
P.O. Box 3475
Culver City, CA 90231-3475
Voice: 1-800-736-9805 (Mon., Wed., Fri., 10:30am-4:30pm PST)
International. 2500 chapters. Founded 1982. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction. Quarterly newsletter. Group starter kit available.
Cocaine Anonymous, Inc.
21720 S. Wilmington Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90810
Voice: For local chapters call 1-800-347-8998 (24 hr.) or 310-559-5833 (business office)
International. 1600 groups. Founded 1967. 12-Step. Group offering self-help recovery to families and friends of addicts. Members share their experience, hope and strength with each other. Packet of information for starting new groups. Nar-Ateen and Nar-Atot programs available.
Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters
22527 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 200B
Torrance, CA 90505
Voice: 1-800-477-6291 or 310-534-8188
National. 58 affiliates. Founded 1980. Support, drug prevention education, information and networking for parents to address drug prevention. Legislative advocacy on federal level and information resource for state and local efforts. Annual Red Ribbon Campaign, resource center, drug prevention and anti-tobacco resource.
National Family Partnership
2490 Coral Way, Suite 501
Miami, FL 33145
Voice: 1-800-705-8997 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm EST)
International. Founded 1979. Network of recovering alcoholic women in religious orders. Helps Roman Catholic women who are, or have been, members of religious orders and are alcohol or chemically dependent, compulsive eaters, compulsive gamblers, etc. Information, referrals, assistance in meeting other members, phone support, conferences, retreats and e-mail support.
7777 Lake St. Ste. 115
River Forest, IL 60305-1734
International. 28 groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Program for families and friends of cocaine, crack and other drug addicts, whether they are actively using or not. Online, e-mail and face-to-face meetings. Provides assistance in starting new groups.
Co-Anon Family Groups
P.O. Box 12722
Tucson, AZ 85732-2722
Voice: 1-800-898-9985 or 520-513-5028
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
National network. 250+ members. Founded 1984. 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
National network. Founded 1980. For doctoral-level psychologists or students who have had a personal experience with alcohol or drugs. Aim is to support each other in recovery. Aims to educate the psychology community. Regional/national get-togethers and newsletter.
Psychologists Helping Psychologists
3484 S. Utah St.
Arlington, VA 22206-1921
Voice: Ann 703-578-1644
International. 200+ groups. Founded 1989. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who desire to stay clean of marijuana. Literature and starter packets.
P.O. Box 7807
Torrance, CA 90504
Voice: 1-800-766-6779 (recorded message)
Website: http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org or http://www.ma-online.org (online meetings)
(Self-Management And Recovery Training) International. 600+ 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, chatroom, newsletter, information, referrals, literature and assistance in starting local groups.
Voice: 1-866-951-5357 or 440-951-5357
National. 65 affiliated groups. Founded 1980. 12-Step. Purpose is to carry the message of recovery to the chemically dependent person. For those with a desire to abstain from drugs/alcohol. Information and referrals, phone support, conferences and group development guidelines.
Chemically Dependent Anonymous
P.O. Box 423
Severna Park, MD 21146
(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.
W. 50th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Voice: 212-632-4600 (day)
International. 700 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Christ-centered support group 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 'higher power'. Supplements involvement in other 12-step groups. Newsletter, group development guidelines and conferences.
Overcomers Outreach, Inc.
P.O. Box 922950
Sylmar, CA 91392-2950
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.
17216 Saticoy St. Ste. 211
Van Nuys, CA 91406
International network. 6000 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 Pl.
Gainesville, FL 32605-2826
International. Founded 1989. A self-help program for individuals who experience a dual disorder of chemical dependency and a psychiatric or emotional illness. Based on the principles of the 12-steps and the personal experiences of individuals in dual recovery. Literature, newsletter and assistance in starting local groups.
Dual Recovery Anonymous
P.O. Box 8107
Prairie Village, KS 66208
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.
c/o Footprints, Inc.
4501 Troost St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
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.hats and forum. Publishes sobriety literature.
LifeRing Secular Recovery
1440 Broadway, Suite 312
Oakland, CA 94612-2023
Voice: 1-800-811-4142 or 510-763-0779
National. 12-Step. Fellowship for those in recovery from addiction to crystal meth. Open to families and friends. Information on starting a group available. Meetings list available on website.
Crystal Meth Anonymous
4470 W Sunset Blvd, Ste 107 PMB555
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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.
International. 800+ affiliated groups. Founded 1991. Self-help group for, and led by, current and former methadone maintenance treatment patients. Open to anyone interested in recovery from chemical dependency. Literature, conferences, support group meetings and online chat rooms (methadone users, detox, chronic pain, buprenorphine/suboxone treatment, caregivers, methadone pregnancy information, etc). Online meetings daily. Assistance in starting local groups.
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
Online. 530 members. Founded 2001. Supportive environment to those who suffer from withdrawal symptoms after months, or years, of being free from benzodiazepine drugs.
International. 50 chapters. 12-Step. Spiritual recovery group for anyone seeking a 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 from the website.
R.A. Universal Services
P.O. Box 1212
East Northport, NY 11731
Online. 450 members. Founded 2002. Forum for those in a 12-step program who want to reconcile the teachings of Buddhism with the 12-steps of recovery.
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.
Birds of a Feather
13215-C8 SE Millplain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98684
Online. Fellowship of people who are sharing the journey of recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors. Discussion groups and chatrooms.
Online. Provides peer support communities for those with drug/alcohol addiction, family and friends.
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
Model. 1 group in New York City. Self-help, self-supporting, anonymous 12-step program based on the principles of A.A. For those who want to help themselves and others recover from chemical addiction.
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