Safe spaces for people people in recovery.
Often called ‘self-help groups or support groups’, these groups are small-scale community-oriented groups where people suffering from Substance Use Disorders meet and provide support to each other. These groups provide a safe space for people to share stories, talk about challenges, or share personal achievements- often with an overarching framework guiding the group purpose. Mutual Support Groups are often an initial destination for people hoping to find recovery, and also serve to help people maintain long-term recovery. Most mutual aid groups meet face to face, but there are web-based groups as well. Find a group near you by using the map located at the bottom of the page.
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Nationwide Mutual Support Groups (in alphabetical order):
“Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ”
Contact / Outreach Information: celebraterecovery.com
“LifeRing Secular Recovery is a non-profit, abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. LifeRing believes people DO have the power to overcome their addiction and that the individual is the best person to design their own program. Participants build their own Personal Recovery Plans while being offered peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and empowerment while developing, refining, and sharing personal strategies for continued abstinence and creating a rewarding life in recovery. Support is provided through face-to-face meetings, online meetings, email forums and 24/7 chat. Participation is compatible with a wide variety of abstinence-based therapeutic or counseling programs, including medication-assisted recovery.
Contact / Outreach Information: lifering.org
“Moderation Management (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. MM promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal. MM is run by lay members who came to the organization to resolve personal issues and stayed to help others.”
Contact / Outreach Information: moderation.org
“Phoenix Multisport fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from a substance use disorder and those who choose to live in recovery. Through pursuits such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, road/mountain biking, socials and other activities, we seek to help our members develop and maintain the emotional strength they need to stay in recovery.”
Contact / Outreach Information: phoenixmultisport.org
“We recover from drug addiction, alcoholism, codependency, love and sex addiction, disordered eating and eating disorders, workaholism and perfectionism. We recover from depression and other mental illness, burnout, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, self-harm, cancer and chronic illness. We recover from having our hearts broken, from losing our marriages, our homes, or our jobs. Women who are recovering in all areas of their lives and who follow all pathways of recovery are warmly welcomed on She Recovers.” Contact / Outreach Information: http://sherecovers.co/
SMART Recovery is a science-based mutual-support program to help people overcome addictions. SMART empowers people to assume responsibility for their recovery using a 4-Point Program: 1. Building and Maintaining Motivation, 2. Coping with Urges, 3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors, and 4. Living a Balanced Life. Using the four points as a framework, people create a course of action tailored to their own interests and needs. SMART meetings are led by trained facilitators and are highly interactive, action-oriented, positive, and focus on the present and future. A 24/7 chat room, lively message board forums, and publications are also available to help individuals achieve a fulfilling and rewarding life.
Contact / Outreach Information: smartrecovery.org
Twelve Step Fellowships
“A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. Originally proposed by Bill Wilson to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, the Twelve Steps were first published in the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism. The method was adapted and became the foundation of other twelve-step programs.”
“The Wellbriety Movement is an interconnected web spreading across our Native Nations carrying the message of cultural knowledge about recovery for individuals, families and communities. The web is a live entity that was born out of the work that White Bison created after the Elders told about a healing time that has come.”
Contact / Outreach Information: wellbriety.com
“White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American/Alaska Native community nationwide. Many non-Native people also use White Bison’s healing resource products, attend its learning circles, and volunteer their services.”
Contact / Outreach Information: whitebison.org
Women for Sobriety
Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an organization whose purpose is to help all women find their individual path to recovery through discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances. We are an abstinence-based self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug addiction. The recovery tools that WFS provides for women seeking recovery are: in-person meetings led by volunteers and are women in recovery, an online community (volunteer led chat meetings, message boards), peer phone support, literature, and recovery materials, Internet website to access the 13 Statement program and an email service that provides communications from the organization, online articles and newsletter, and daily online inspirational messages.
Contact / Outreach Information: womenforsobriety.org
*Note on Recovery Community Organizations: In many local communities around the country there are Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs). These types of organizations are often independent non-profits, and led by people in recovery, family members, and their friends and allies. RCOs are often created with the specific goal of providing resources for local recovery community and anyone who may be in need. Each organization should have a mission which reflects the particular issues of the local community. Looking to find more resources in your local community? Use the map located at the bottom of this page.