Mutual Aid Groups for Co-Occurring Health Conditions (Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders)
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 1995. Online only.
BPSO provides useful information and support to the families, friends and loved ones of those who suffer from bipolar disorder (manic depression). “These resources have helped many of us inform ourselves, cope with behaviors that sometimes arise from the illness, better understand our own reactions, and determine how we may best support our loved ones in their efforts to understand and live with this often terrible disease." Its private, closed and unmoderated online listserv isn’t always available; however, the BPSO website offers many useful links to bipolar resources and websites. Members must not be diagnosed bipolar themselves.
International. Founded 1998. Online only.
Bipolar World is for individuals with bipolar disorder (manic depression) and the families and friends who care for them to meet, share and support each other. In addition to offering news and advice through links with professionals such as “Ask the Doctor,” there are message boards, chat rooms and resources on topics such as dual diagnosis, veterans with PTSD, teens, and parents of bipolar children.
International. In-person meetings and online discussion group.
Depressed Anonymous helps to form groups or circles of support for persons depressed. It uses a 12-Step program of recovery to provide therapeutic resources for depressed individuals of all ages and works with the chronically depressed and those recently discharged from health facilities who were treated for depression. Depressed Anonymous seeks to inform and educate the public about the signs and symptoms of depression, inform them of where they can go to seek help and to establish self-help programs in their own communities.
National. 275 chapters. Founded 1986. 1000 peer-run in-person support groups and online.
DBSA is a patient-directed organization that focuses on depression and bipolar disorder for individuals with these disorders and their families. In addition to their public education work, support for research and public policy, DBSA offers in-person and online peer mutual aid groups. DBSA also hosts interactive screening and wellness tools.
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.
International. Founded 1989. 880 in-person meetings.
DRA is a nonprofessional, independent, 12-Step based self-help organization for people with a dual diagnosis – people with chemical dependency and emotional or psychiatric illnesses. DRA’s Preamble and Twelve Traditions help guide its meetings, groups, intergroups, and service boards to operate in ways that best nurture the recovery of all members of its Fellowship.
International. Founded 1971. 1000 chapters.
EA is a 12-Step fellowship of people who come together for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA is most suitable for people who are dually diagnosed and already attend AA or NA and people who want to use the 12 steps for emotional concerns not limited by diagnosis. Information available in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
International. Founded 1960. 500 in-person groups.
Gam-Anon is a 12-Step fellowship for men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by the gambling problem. Gam-Anon’s purpose is to help individuals learn acceptance and understanding of the gambling illness, and to use the program to rebuild lives, and give assistance to those who suffer. Gam-Anon follows the same guidelines as Al-Anon Family Groups.
International. Founded 1957. Approximately 1200 in-person meetings.
GA is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope with each other to recover from compulsive gambling by following a 12-Step program. Gamblers Anonymous has developed Twenty Questions to help individuals decide if they are compulsive gamblers and want to stop gambling. GA has a toll-free national hotline at 888-GA-HELPS or 888-424-3577.
International. Founded 1957. 650 in-person groups in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and other countries.
GROW, International, was originally organized in Australia. GROW in America is fully developed in Illinois and New Jersey, with some groups in Rhode Island. People come to GROW with diverse problems in living, such as mental health issues, emotional troubles, or difficulty coping with grief, loneliness, anxiety or stress. GROW offers leadership training and consultation to develop new groups.
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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 1937. Over 700 in-person groups and online.
A community mental health mutual aid group that offers a self-help method of will training; a system of techniques for controlling temperamental behavior and changing attitudes toward nervous symptoms, anxiety, depression, anger and fears. Online chat groups and telephone meetings.
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.
Faces & Voices of Recovery as an organization does not endorse any particular recovery mutual aid groups.