FAITH-BASED MUTUAL AID GROUPS


  • 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. 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 1977. Over 1000 in-person groups and online.

    Overcomers Outreach are Christian recovery support groups using the 12 Steps and scripture. The ministry offers support to those with a wide variety of mental health and addiction problems including depression, relationship difficulties, and more. Everyone is welcome at their meetings. The groups operate within local churches and community. Overcomers Outreach Online includes blogs, stories and comments. Overcomers Outreach also has a radio show.


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

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