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Links to Support Group Resources

 

Al Anon Family Groups
International. 32,000 + groups. Fellowship of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by the compulsive drinking of a family member or friend. 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) FAX: (757)563 1655. More information at: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/. Note that this 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 participant, not the alcoholic. All family members, children, spouses, parents and friends or employers are welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
International. 98,710 groups. Founded 1935. Fellowship of men and women who come together to share their experience strength and hope. General Service Office, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. Call (212)870 3400; FAX: (212)870 3003. More information at: www.aa.org. This site is available in English, Spanish, and French. Refer: Despite much research, there have never been reliable guidelines about which people do well in AA. Those with higher group affiliation needs have an easier time bonding; referring a less group oriented person requires extra effort on the clinician’s part. Always refer to a person rather than sending to a meeting, especially those who have low needs for group membership.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
International. An estimated (1996) 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups. “Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind altering substances.” The same guidelines apply to CA as to AA when making referrals More information at http://www.ca.org/.

Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
International. 880 known meetings worldwide. Founded in 1989 in Kansas City, Kansas. DRA is an independent, 12-step, self help organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Contact Dual Recovery Anonymous World Service Central Office, P.O. Box 8107, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Toll Free 1 877 883 2332. More information at http://www.dualrecovery.org/. Many local meetings are listed on the website by country and state. People who are chemically dependent and also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness.

Families Anonymous (FA)
International. Over 500 groups, founded in 1971 and headquartered in Culver City, CA. “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窶冱 World Service Office can be reached at 1 800 736 9805, between 10 AM and 4 PM PST, or by e mail atfamanon@FamiliesAnonymous.org. More information at: http://www.familiesanonymous.org/including information on meetings, literature, and an e-meeting. Parents concerned with drug and alcohol abuse to minor behavioral problems, runaways, hostility, delinquency, truancy, low self esteem, and other related topics.

Internet 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. More information at http://www.sober24.com/. (Note that this site often opens slowly.) Those in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and their friends and family. The site is password protected and charges a $32 membership fee after a free trial period of 24 days.

J.A.C.S. (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; Fax: 212 489 6229. More information atツhttp://www.jacsweb.org. Jewish clients with alcohol and/or drug problems, especially if they have difficulty with the spirituality of A.A. or N.A.

Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
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, 1-800-766-6779. More information at www.marijuana-anonymous.org.

 

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
International. 30,000+ groups. Founded 1953. 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. Contact: NA, P.O. Box 9999, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Call (818)773 9999; FAX: (818)700 0700. More information at http://www.na.org. Anyone who abuses alcohol or other drugs is welcome in NA. In general, the NA membership is younger and more diverse than is AA, but otherwise the same guidelines apply to NA as to AA in making referrals.

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
Internet only. 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. More information at http://aa-intergroup.org/. Membership in the Intergroup is open to all online AA groups and all AA members. There are no dues or fees for membership.

Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (S.O.S.)

International. c. 750 groups. Founded (as Secular Sobriety Groups) in 1985. “Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS) is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non professional 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.” More information at http://www.cfiwest.org/sos/. Contact Jim Christopher, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027 (323) 666-4295.; E-mail: SOS@CFIWest.org. Alcoholics who have difficulty with the spirituality or “religion” of Alcoholics Anonymous.

SmartRecoveryツョ
International. More than 300 fact to face meetings and 13+ online meetings per week. SmartRecovery split off from Rational Recovery (A.V.R.T.) in 1994. “SMART Recovery is an abstinence based, not for profit organization offering a self help program for people having problems with drinking and using. No one will label you an “alcoholic” or an addict. You are neither diseased nor powerless, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. We teach common sense self help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle.” Contact: SMART Recovery, 7537 Mentor Avenue, Suite #306, Mentor, Ohio 44060, Toll-Free:866 951 5357 or 440 951 5357; FAX: 440 951 5358. More information at ツhttp://www.smartrecovery.org/. Those who have difficulty with “spirituality” who might benefit from a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy approach.

Sober City
SoberCity.comツョ is a virtual online community to support people suffering from alcoholism and addiction. Their primary focus is service to the community. Services are provided at no charge and include online, safe, anonymous, ad free 12 step video meeting rooms, free recovery e mail, SoberNews, AA/Al Anon U.S. Meeting Locator, Treatment Locator, Convention Finder, Sober Stories in “Story Book”, Reading and Literature to support sobriety, Recovery Message Boards, SoberChatツョ to anyone with a desire to live a life of recovery. SoberCityツョ is not affiliated with any 12 step organization; the website is a public service center. They do not endorse or oppose any outside issues or people. Their primary purpose is to create and sustain a safe, ad free, anonymous meeting facility and provide a simple, easy to use, set of tools to encourage wellness and recovery.

Women for Sobriety
National. Founded 1976. c. 200 groups. Contact: WFS, Inc., P.O. Box 618, Quakertown, PA 18951 0618, Phone: (215) 536 8026, Fax: (215) 538 9026; Web:http://www.womenforsobriety.org/. This 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.

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