ALCOHOL-FOCUSED MUTUAL AID GROUPS


  • National. Online only.

    The primary purpose of 12StepMe.org chat is to provide an area for those who wish to assist others in doing the 12 steps as outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, for those who wish to learn how to sponsor others, and to demonstrate how God-dependence and service to others is the path to a happy, joyous, and free life. This website has no affiliation—implied or actual—to any organization, including Alcoholics Anonymous. The meetings in the chat room, however, are conducted by an AA group that is registered with the Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous\.

  • International. In-person groups.

    The 16-step empowerment model is a holistic approach to overcoming addiction that views people in their wholeness – mind, body and spirit. A fundamental basis of this model is flexibility and an openness which leads to continually ask: What works? Who does it work for? and How can we help it work better? It encourages people to be continually open to new information and not to become trapped in dogmatic teachings. At its core, this model is based on love not fear; internal control not external authoritarianism; affirmation not deflation; and trust in the ability of people to find their own healing path when given education, support, hope and choices

  • National. In-person groups.

    There is an increasing number of groups within AA that are not religious in their thinking or practice. These groups don’t recite prayers at the beginning or ending of their meetings nor do they suggest that a belief in God is required to get sober or to maintain sobriety. The AA Agnostica website does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism.

  • National. Online only.

    AddictionSurvivors.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing peer support communities for those with addiction disorders and their families and friends. Their forums include communities for opioid addiction, alcohol dependence, stimulant addictions, and benzodiazepine addiction.

  • National. In-person meetings in seven states (MD, MA, NE, NJ, NY, PA, WA)

    A nondenominational network of Christ-centered support and recovery groups. Meetings are open to men and women of all ages who struggle with various addictions and who are seeking lasting change in their lives. Loved ones and friends are also welcomed. AV partners with local church families and various Christian ministries that desire to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction-related issues.

  • International. Meetings take place in-person, by telephone, online, and through email and chats.

    Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous 12 step, 12 tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Members meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge common experiences. They discover how childhood affected them in the past and influences them in the present.

  • International. Founded 1935. Over 116,000 in-person groups and online.
    Fellowship of men and women who come together to share their experience, strength and hope with the purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. AA materials are available in English, Spanish and French. More specific information on AA members including the 2004 AA survey is available on the AA website. There are many online AA meetings. To find meetings in the U.S. and Canada, inquire at local AA offices or view AA’s online list. A growing number of private firms are offering text and other applications for finding AA meetings at no cost.
    The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous was formed to serve all online AA Groups in the rapidly growing online fellowship. It offers links to international sites in several languages and sponsors real time meetings, email meetings, events calendar, information and links to other sites and groups. There are an extraordinary number and variety of online groups available for US participants. More information can be found here. Membership in the Intergroup is open to all online AA groups and all AA members.
    AA has meetings for young people, women and other groups.

  • International. Founded 1955. Over 24,000 in-person groups in 115 countries.

    Fellowship of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a family member or friend’s drinking. Al-Anon Family Group information is available in English, Spanish, and French. In general Al-Anon groups prefer that only family and friends of alcoholics attend their meetings. In Al-Anon, the focus is on the family member or friend, not the person with alcoholism. All family members, children, spouses, parents and friends or employers are welcome.

  • International. Founded 1977. Over 100 open in-person groups nationwide, many in metro-Detroit.

    An interdenominational, Christian fellowship that ministers to three groups: alcoholics or substance abusers, family members, and adult children raised in families affected by alcohol or substance abuse. Alcoholics For Christ ministries provide nondenominational, Jesus-centered, substance abuse support groups that utilize a common format and can be supported by the entire Bible-believing Christian community worldwide.

  • International. Founded 1948. 170 in-person groups.

    AV groups use the 12 Steps and the Alcoholics Victorious Creed in meetings. AV offers a "safe environment for recovering people who recognize Jesus Christ as their ‘Higher Power.’” Alcoholics Victorious is a public service of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. The AV website has a good directory of 12-Step and non-12 Step recovery resources and websites.

  • National. In-person groups.

    All Addicts Anonymous (AAA) is a program for all addicts and all addictions. It is grounded in the principles of the Four Absolutes, the Twelve Steps, and the Ten Points as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • International. Founded 1982. In-person meetings in 14 states (mostly in California) and Canada.

    Nonprofit support group for parents whose children (of all ages) have behavioral problems, including alcohol and/or drug use. Focus is on providing structure, consequences and consistency in addressing these issues. BILY Too - The Youth Group youth peer support groups, are available in some areas.

  • International. Founded 2008. In-person meetings in 19 states, Australia, Canada, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

    The Buddhist Recovery Network supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors. Open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, the organization promotes mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence. It seeks to serve an international audience through teaching, training, treatment, research, publication, advocacy and community-building initiatives. Their 2009 inaugural conference brochure describes their history and mission in great detail.

  • National, founded 1948. Active in 19 states.

    The Calix Society is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. They welcome other alcoholics, not members of their faith, or any others, non-alcoholics, who are concerned with the illness of alcoholism and wish to join with us in prayer for our stated purposes.

  • International. Founded 1990. 10,000 churches.

    Celebrate Recovery is part of Saddleback Church. Celebrate has eight recovery principles based on the beatitudes. Celebrate Recovery provides peer support and service ministry within a Christ-centered, Bible-based recovery program. Conference listings and Celebrate Recovery tools are available online.

  • International. Founded in 1980. Over 60 in-person groups mostly in Maryland and Delaware.

    CDA is a 12-Step fellowship of men and women whose primary purpose is to stay clean and sober and to help others like them to achieve recovery from chemical dependence. The only requirement for membership is a desire to abstain from all mood changing and mind-altering chemicals. CDA does not attempt to replace AA or NA and encourages its members to use other programs along with CDA. CDA offers literature in the form of books and pamphlets including a starter kit for new groups.

  • National. in-person meetings. Founded in 1989.

    DTR is a program for people with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. It is a Twelve Step fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their particular addiction(s) and manage their mental disorder(s).

  • State of Oregon. Founded 1996. In-person meetings at over 100 chapters.

    DDA is a peer support program based on an authorized version of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with an additional 5 steps that focus on dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). DDA’s unique 12 steps plus 5 program offers hope for achieving the promise of recovery.

  • National. Founded 2002. Seven in-person groups.

    Founded by parents who lost their child to addiction, GRASP is a model support group for those who have lost loved ones. The group’s founders have information on forming groups and a link where departed loved ones can be commemorated. There’s information on coping methods, meditations, literature recommendations, and other resources and personal reflections. This group is representative of many local groups that respond to the need for support by relatives who have lost someone to alcohol and/or drugs.

  • International. In-person meetings and online.

    The Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support (HAMS) Network is a free-of-charge, peer-led support group for people concerned about their use of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and/or caffeine. HAMS is open and welcoming to people who wish to reduce or eliminate the harm in their lives caused by any substance or any behavior. The 11 elements of the HAMS program help members to achieve safer use, reduced use, or abstinence from alcohol/drugs. HAMS sponsors live meetings in New York City and a chat room and email group as well articles on its website.

  • Online, International
    InTheRooms.com is the World's Largest, Online Social Network for the Global Recovery Community. InTheRooms is for people already in Recovery, Seeking Immediate Help from any Addiction, and their Family, Friends and Allies. You will have unlimited access to over 117 live online Recovery meetings weekly. ITR offers AA, NA, and other 12 Step and non 12 Step Support Groups, Geo Locatable Global Meeting Finder, Daily E Meditations, Afternoon Affirmations, Free iPhone and Android Apps, Speaker Tape Library and much more. Join over 444,855 who are willing to share their Experience, Strength and Hope with you 24 / 7 / 365.

  • International. Founded 1978. About 50 groups.

    JACS assists the Jewish community in exploring recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment. It is a self-help/mutual aid movement of recovering Jewish people empowering themselves, talking to their communities and advocating for services on behalf of addicted Jews and families.

  • International. An online social networking tool with virtual meetings for the Jewish Recovery Community.
    In the Rooms is a comprehensive online social network for the recovery community worldwide. Their mission is to help, inform, touch, connect, and heal those already in recovery, seeking recovery, and the family and friends supporting recovery around the world.

  • New York City, In-person meetings.

    Lifeline seeks to help people attain a God-centered recovery from addictions. Gatherings include meditative music, prayer, a speaker, and community sharing, followed by dinner. The goal is to help one other grow along spiritual lines as part of recovery from the effects of addiction and codependency. Gatherings are open to people of all faiths and of no particular faith.

  • New York City, In-person meetings.

    Lifeline seeks to help people attain a God-centered recovery from addictions. Gatherings include meditative music, prayer, a speaker, and community sharing, followed by dinner. The goal is to help one other grow along spiritual lines as part of recovery from the effects of addiction and codependency. Gatherings are open to people of all faiths and of no particular faith.

  • International. Founded in 2001. Over 115 in-person groups and online.

    LifeRing sponsors face-to-face groups and online connections to chat rooms, discussion forums, blogs, and links to sources of information related to recovery from addiction. LifeRing is not affiliated with any other organization, and is independent financially, legally, and organizationally. LifeRing meetings are started and led by peer volunteers called "conveners."

  • National. Founded 1989. 50 groups including prison-based meetings.
    Millati Islami is a fellowship of men and women, joined together on the Path of Peace. We share our experiences, strengths, and hopes while recovering from our active addiction to mind- and mood-altering substances. Following Millati Islami’s 12 Steps to Recovery, members look to Allah (G-D) to guide us on Millati Islami (the Path of Peace). While recovering, we strive to become rightly guided Muslims, submitting our will and services to Allah. members look to Allah (G-D) to guide us on Millati Islami (the Path of Peace). While recovering, we strive to become rightly guided Muslims, submitting our will and services to Allah

  • International. Founded 1993. In-person meetings in 17 states (CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, WV) and online.

    MM groups support problem drinkers who want to reduce their drinking and make other positive lifestyle changes and is for people who have experienced mild to moderate levels of alcohol-related problems. Moderation Management's online support group is for people who want to limit their alcohol intake without total abstinence. MM requires that participants begin with abstinence for 30 days and recommends AA or another abstinence program for who cannot follow “the MM limits.”

  • The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous was formed to serve all online AA Groups in the rapidly growing online Fellowship. It offers links to international sites in several languages and sponsors real time meetings, email meetings, events calendar, information and links to other sites and groups. The number and variety of online groups available for U.S.A. participants is truly extraordinary. More information can be found here. Membership in the Intergroup is open to all online AA groups and all AA members. There are no dues or fees for membership.

  • International. Founded 1981. 50 chapters.

    RA is a 12-Step spiritual recovery program that is “solution focused” for all problems and behaviors including addiction. Anyone seeking a solution for any kind of addiction, problem or behavior. Families and friends welcome.

  • International. Founded (as Secular Sobriety Groups) 1985. Over 750 groups and online.

    SOS is a network of autonomous, nonprofessional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. SOS is a secular program of recovery and takes a self-empowerment approach. SOS is useful for people with alcohol and other drug problems who have difficulty with the spiritual aspects of many mutual aid groups. SOS has family and friend groups.

  • International. A non-profit established in 1994. Offers more than 950 weekly face-to-face meetings and 30 online meetings for individuals seeking to abstain from substances or activities. SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) is a self-empowering, science-based mutual support group for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction. Teaches tools organized under the 4-Point Program®: 1) Building and Maintaining Motivation, 2) Coping with Urges, 3) Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors, and 4) Living a Balanced Life. Tools include change plan worksheet, cost-benefit analysis, hierarchy of values, ABCs of REBT for urge coping and emotional upsets, brainstorming, role-playing and rehearsing, and more.

    SMART Recovery On-Line is a web-based community which supports individuals seeking to abstain from any substance or activity addiction. Established in 1998, SMART Recovery On-Line offers access to message boards, 24/7 live chat, and daily meetings in both type chat and voice chat formats. SMART Recovery Online is available worldwide. Volunteers are available to help newcomers as they post on the message board, enter chat room discussions and participate in meetings.

  • International. Founded 2000. Online only.

    Sober24 is an online fellowship for people with alcoholism and drug addiction based on 12-Step programs. It includes discussion and chat areas and use of SoberFuse, a recovery management software program. There are virtual meetings on a regular basis, reading materials and other recovery resources.

  • National. In-person meetings in jails and prisons. Founded in 1985.

    SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. SOS takes a secular approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality. SOS respects recovery in any form regardless of the path by which it is achieved, supports healthy skepticism, and encourages the use of the scientific method to understand alcoholism. SOS Behind Bars is set up to address the needs of those who are in jails or prisons.

  • National. On-line community with over 220 support groups.

    The goal of SupportGroups.com is to bring people together around life’s challenges by providing concise, up-to-date information and a meeting place for individuals, their friends and families, and professionals who offer pathways to help. Addiction support groups include ones for use of alcohol, caffeine, cocaine, drugs, ecstasy, gambling, heroin, the internet, marijuana, methamphetamines, prescription drugs, sex, shopping, smoking, sugar, and video games. Additionally, there is support for people taking methadone and suboxone. Groups for many other issues also exist.

  • National. Founded 1976. Over 200 in-person groups and online.

    Women for Sobriety is the first modern national self-help program for women with alcoholism. It is based on a new life program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth. It is run by women in small mutual aid groups held in hospitals, clinics, treatment facilities, women centers, and wherever women with alcoholism are being treated.


Faces & Voices of Recovery as an organization does not endorse any particular recovery mutual aid groups. 

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