Habitude™ recommends that you consider participating in a community support group to aid in your addiction recovery efforts. The organizations listed here have gained national or international recognition of their success in assisting people in alcohol rehab and/or drug rehab.
Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA) 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 alcohol abuse. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. www.aa.org
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. www.na.org or www.canaacna.org
Similar in structure of Alcoholics Anonymous, 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 their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. www.ca.org
Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s drug abuse. As a twelve-step program, it offers help by sharing experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that a relative or friend has a problem with drug addiction. www.nar-anon.org
Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist. Rather, this support network complements and supports professional alcohol abuse treatment. No advance notification or written referral is necessary to attend an Al-Anon or Alateen meeting. Anyone affected by someone else’s drinking is welcome to attend. There are no dues or fees. Groups are self-supporting, and usually pass a basket around for a voluntary contribution. www.al-anon.org
Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s alcohol abuse. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as Al-Anon groups. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers. www.alateen.org
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is a non-profit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. There are groups meeting in many cities throughout the country. All those who sincerely seek sobriety are welcome as members. SOS is not a spin-off of any religious group. SOS seeks only to promote sobriety amongst those who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. www.sossobriety.org
Canadian Centre of Abuse Awareness
The Canadian Centre of Abuse Awareness has as its goal to help Canadians understand the detrimental role abuse plays in society, while outlining the problems and costs of abuse as a personal issue for all Canadians. As a resource centre for community members, the organization provides awareness and prevention programs for men, women and children, serving those who are dealing personally with the impacts of abuse as well as those professionals who seek to provide assistance to those in need. www.abusehurts.com
Need more information? An Internet search will identify the community support groups in your area.