Featured or Recommended Support Communities

r/stopdrinking - This subreddit is a place to motivate each other to control or stop drinking.

http://www.refugerecovery.org/ - Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Inspired Path to Recovery from Addiction

https://sherecovers.co/ - She Recovers is an international movement of self-identified women in or seeking recovery from a wide variety of issues, including substance use and eating disorders, other behavioral health issues, trauma, abuse, codependency, cancer, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism and other life challenges.

https://www.meetup.com/ - Our Relapse Prevention Meetings will feature the concept of "pillars" -- hobbies, social supports, etc. In addiction our lives get small and sad in some ways. Job number one is kicking the habit. When you start feeling a little bit better, try to find some constructive and healthy hobbies. Consider connecting with people who share a common interest or find something new you'd like to try.

There are a number of other communities we respect and have good things to say about ... but are not able to endorse in good faith. Our experience in this space has informed us that user profiles, registration, and private messaging capabilities can jeopardize individual recovery (sabotage, gossip, ostracism/shunning) or expose our most vulnerable participants to predatory behavior: sexual, financial, being offered or asked for drugs, asked to trade sex for drugs, etc.

Community Resources - United States Audience

  1. SAMHSA: US Substance and Mental Health Services Administration
    SAMHSA's National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

  2. SAMHSA Online Treatment Locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

  3. What we call "outside help," (therapy, counseling) aka getting the wheels tightened down:

    https://openpathcollective.org/ - Open Path Collective is a network of registered therapists offering sessions priced $30 to $50.

    https://www.talkspace.com/ - Talkspace offers daily online and text therapy with licensed therapists from $49 per week.

    https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov - Federally funded health centers often offer mental health services. Find one near you.

  4. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress - call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    https://www.thehotline.org

  5. United Way - 211 - Get Connected, Get Help.
    Crisis | Emergencies and Disasters | Food | Energy Assistance
    211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 today or search for your local 211 below:
    US: https://www.211.org
    Canada: http://www.211.ca

  6. The Hotline: National Domestic Violence Hotline.
    National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims, survivors of domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-7233. Chat w/ an advocate on our website.
    https://www.thehotline.org

  7. YWCA: Alternatives to Domestic Violence.
    Several programs at YWCA assist families in domestic violence situations. Your local YWCA may be able to refer you to legal resources or shelters in your community or within a few cities distance.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=ywca+alternatives+to+domestic+violence

  8. Haven for Hope: Serving San Antonio (Bexar County), TX.
    Our mission is to offer a place of hope and new beginnings. We do this by providing, coordinating, and delivring an efficient system of care for people experiencing homelessness in Bexar County.
    https://www.havenforhope.org/

  9. Haymarket Center: Serving Chicago (Cook County), IL.
    The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. Maternal care, medical detox, short and long term residential programs.
    https://www.hcenter.org/

  10. Share! The Self Help and Recovery Exchange: Serving the greater Los Angeles Area.
    SHARE! Culver City and SHARE! Downtown Los Angeles are friendly, accessible and supportive centers where a large community of self-help groups meet each week, addressing all kinds of issues such as anger management, health, depression, self-esteem, relationships, childhood abuse, substance abuse, reaching goals, and many more.
    Share also provides low-ish (and in some cases "same-day") housing options for those defined as Mental Health Consumers at risk of homelessness. Rents range from $450-$650 per month.
    https://www.shareselfhelp.org/

  11. DanceSafe: Promoting Health and Safety within the Electronic Music Community.
    Drug Testing Kits: The fentanyl crisis is getting out of hand in the US, we're finding it not only in heroin but in counterfeit pills, ecstasy, cocaine, and crystal meth. For those who are still using please consider acquiring Fentanyl test strips. https://dancesafe.org/shop/

  12. Save a life with Narcan: Reduce addiction's cost to society, our hospitals, and our overworked First Responders!
    Available without a written prescription in most states, naloxone, also known as NARCAN, is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses. CVS Pharmacy locations in most communities have naloxone on hand and can dispense it the same day or ordered for the next business day.
    https://www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse/save-a-life

Sensible Evidence-based Recovery and Support Groups

  1. SMART: Self Management And Recovery Training.
    http://www.smartrecovery.org/
    Rational, sane, common-sense recovery techniques. Based on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, the brainchild of Dr. Albert Ellis.

  2. http://www.womenforsobriety.org/
    WFS, Women For Sobriety (guys ignore this one)
    WFS also has online chat groups:
    http://www.womenforsobriety.org/news_conferences/chat.html
    For local group meetings in your area you can also call 1-800-333-1606.

  3. http://www.sossobriety.org/ == SOS,
    Secular Organizations for Sobriety, a.k.a. "Save Our Selves".
    SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual or superstitious content of widely available 12-Step programs.

  4. http://www.lifering.org/ == LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR)

  5. Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support (HAMS)
    http://hams.cc
    HAMS is peer-led and free of charge. HAMS offers information and support via a chat room, an email group, and live meetings — as well is the articles on this web site.

  6. Moderation Management
    http://www.moderation.org/
    Moderation Management is oriented towards cutting down to moderate, responsible, controlled drinking, rather than total abstinence.

  7. Rational Recovery
    http://www.rational.org/
    Rational Recovery is no longer "a recovery group", it's a book, and a technique called AVRT — Addictive Voice Recognition Therapy — basically the same idea as the Lizard Brain Addiction Monster.

Some Light Reading Material For Your Consideration

  1. Naltrexone and the Sinclair Method.
    http://www.sinclairmethod.com/

  2. The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
    Authors: Lance and Zachary Dodes
    https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/health/the-sober-truth-seeing-bad-science-in-rehab.html
    Non-Affliated Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Sober-Truth-Debunking-Programs-Industry/dp/0807033154

  3. 12-step groups aren't for everybody and unfailing lifelong abstinence from alcohol isn't necessarily everyone's goal. Some people are desperate to leave AA/NA/etc and there are entire communities around that as well.

    Maybe being helped "into" the program is the type of help some people are looking for. Maybe being helped "out of" the program is the type of help other people are looking for.

    We have no position on that and offer resources to all walks/paths to recovery.

    • http://www.orange-papers.org — THE ORANGE PAPERS A series of pages about Substance Misuse Recovery Programs, Real Recovery. and Analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous

      This site has a strong anti-AA bias, however even if you are a member of AA there's an unparalleled and fascinating trove of AA history on here. I learned more about how AA came to be and what it was about in the beginning from the OP, than anywhere else.

      Backup URL: www.orange-papers.info

    • http://www.leavingaa.com — leavingAA.com - AA is not your only option.

  1. Wikipedia.org: A List of 12 Step Groups.
    It's like Noah's Ark, there are two of every type.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_twelve-step_groups