Helpful Groups for Addiction or Recovery

 
Please find below some Groups that Holistic Interventionist recommends using to help with your recovery. You don't have to try them all - just have a look and see what takes your fancy. 

Smart Recovery is a great place to find mutual support meetings which are free and open to anyone who is seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery. 

They have programs for individuals, for family and friends, and for others should you wish to help them. 

At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by their science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®.

Want to learn more? Click here 

Online & In person - Free

 
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Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically-structured organization. Their mission is to support individuals on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles.

 

Their program uses the Buddhist practices of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community as tools for recovery and healing. We believe that recovery is about finding our own inner wisdom and our own path.

If you are looking for an alternative spiritual route to the AA/NA then Recovery Dharma may be the one for you. 

Want to learn more? Click here

Online & In person - Free

Balm is a recovery group which helps the whole family. 

The families of people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and other Use Disorders individually or through the treatment professionals working with them and/or their loved ones.

 

They provide the one-year BALM® Family Recovery Education program using the Be A Loving Mirror (BALM®) Method of Family Recovery. 

 

The research shows that when the family gets help, the struggling loved one has a much greater chance of attaining and maintaining recovery.

Want to learn more? Click here

Live Online Course - Paid

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Quite often addiction stems from other aspects/ illnesses affecting your life. This is especially the case with mental illnesses. 

To help with this NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

It's a fantastic website for understanding warning signs, types of care and how it affects people of different ages and/or backgrounds.

Want to learn more? Click here

Online & In-person - Free

English and Spanish

Being in a relationship with someone who has an addiction can be very difficult, and may lead to behaviors that would otherwise be non existent. That's where the hot line comes in. 

 

They specialize in providing resources and a helpline to identify abusive patterns and get help out of a domestic violence situation. Substance use and violence in the home can travel together - intoxication or addiction does not excuse violence. 

Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

Want to learn more? Click here

24/7 Call line - Free

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THE AA/ NA

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When facing a crisis having something to believe in can often help. Both the AA and NA follow a 12 step program and offer the belief of a Higher Power; something greater than ourselves. Being religious is not a requirement of the group, nor needed to find support and healing through the 12 steps. 

AA focuses on 'alcoholics'.

NA focuses on helping 'addicts'. 

The only requirement is a DESIRE to stop drinking or drugging. 

They are both Global and are able to support the vast majority of languages and use a support group model that allows the user to come to terms with the pain they have caused themselves as well as others in their lives and thus start the healing process. 

Want to learn more? 

Click here for AA

Click here for NA

Online & In Person - Free

Not sure if any of the above take your fancy? If so please take a look at the links below to find one that will OR contact us directly in the email link below.

Great pages to find help on substance abuse, mental health and Veterans support 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse | USAGov

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (ncadd.org)

To help you find a group:

How to Find a Support Group Meeting Near You (verywellmind.com)

 

Find a Meeting - DAA USA - 12 Step Meetings

Let us know if you have others you'd like to suggest.

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This list will be updated and amended periodically to make sure it has relevant information. 
 
If you've found any of these Groups helpful or have one not currently on this list that you would like us to check out, please do contact us on the email link below. 

"I'll never tell someone which peer support program they should do, but I am very clear that peer support and community is key to sustaining the life they want. One of the frequent contributing factors I see when someone relapses is they never found or stopped utilizing peer support. "- Amy