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Support Groups for Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Addiction

List of national self-help support groups for alcoholism, drug abuse and drug addiction.

The primary goal of addiction support groups, whether for a drug addiction or alcoholism, is to maintain the individual's sobriety and secondarily to help others maintain their sobriety. Below is a short list of alcoholism and drug abuse support groups. A comprehensive listing can be found at the American Self-Help Clearinghouse website.

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)

Alcoholics Anonymous is a 12 step program of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.)

Narcotics Anonymous is a 12 step program fellowship of men and women, who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from drug addiction. There are no dues or fees for membership, and they are not allied with any institution, organization or denomination. Their primary purpose is to help other addicts achieve recovery from drug addiction.

http://www.na.org/

Alanon

List of national self-help support groups for alcoholism, drug abuse and drug addiction.For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people - alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else's drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon / Alateen fellowship. There are no dues or fees.

http://www.al-anon-alateen.org/

Naranon

Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous. The only requirement to be a member is that you have experienced a problem of drug addiction with a family member or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity and there are no dues or fees for membership.

http://nar-anon.org/

Cocaine Anonymous (C.A.)

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and others recover from cocaine and crack addiction. As with other 12 step programs, there are no dues or fees for membership and Cocaine Anonymous is not allied with any other sect, organization or institution. Their primary purpose is to help other Cocaine addicts to achieve recovery.

http://www.ca.org/

Codependents Anonymous (C.O.D.A.)

Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and recover from dysfunctional relationships. As with other 12 step programs, there are no dues or fees for CODA membership and they are not allied with any other sect, institution or organization. The only requirement of CODA membership is a desire to develop a healthy and loving relationship.

http://codependents.org/

Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.)

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their gambling addiction. As with other 12 step programs, there are no due or fees for G.A. membership and they are not allied with any other institution, sect or organization. Their primary purpose is to help other compulsive gamblers to recover.

http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/

Overeaters Anonymous (O.A.)

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from overeating and food addiction. As with other 12 step programs, there are no dues or fees for O.A. membership and they are not affiliated with any other organization, sect or institution. Their primary purpose is to help other overeaters to recover.

http://www.oa.org/

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APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2008, December 20). Support Groups for Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Addiction, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/articles/support-groups-alcoholism-drug-abuse-addiction

Last Updated: June 28, 2016

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