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(MULTILINGUAL) International. 61,800+ meetings per week in 129 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 and in American Sign Language.
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.
701 Lee St, #670
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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: 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. Narateen programs available.
Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters
22527 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 200B
Torrance, CA 90505
Voice: 1-800-477-6291 or 310-534-8188
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. 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
Toquesta, FL 33469
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
Online. Provides peer support communities for those with drug/alcohol addiction, family and friends.
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.
AANA Nurse Anesthetists in Recovery
8233 Brookside Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Voice: 215-635-0183 or 215-872-6821
International. 200+ groups. Founded 1989. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who desire to stay clean of marijuana. Literature and starter packets.
Marijuana Anonymous World Services
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. 800+ 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.
7304 Mentor Ave., Suite F
Mentor, OH 44060
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 813
Annapolis, MD 21401
(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 W. 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 '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 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 Pl.
Gainesville, FL 32605-2826
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.
Int'l Ministers and Pastors Recovery
P.O. Box 1515
Palm Desert, CA 92261
12-Step. 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
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
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. 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.
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
Website: http://www.draonline.org (Note: listings of groups on this website may be out-of-date. Call the contact number listed for the group before attending)
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. Since its inception in 1980, the primary purpose of SWHSW has ben to facilitate mutual support of its 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
Resource. 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.
Website: http://www.hazelden.org/web/go/dtr Free how-to's on starting DTR groups. (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.
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