FAMILY- AND FRIEND- FOCUSED MUTUAL AID GROUPS


  • 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 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 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. In-person meetings in 13 states, Canada, the United Kingdom and online.

    Co-Anon Family Groups is a 12-Step fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives, or close friends of someone who is dependent on cocaine. Co-Anon's Emeeting has over 300 members on 5 continents and functions as an "email group". Co-Anon literature can be ordered through their website, where there are links to other resources including a newsletter that members of any 12-Step group will find helpful.

  • 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.

  • International. Founded 1971. Over 500 in-person groups and online.

    Families Anonymous (FA) is a 12-Step, self -help recovery program and fellowship of support groups for relatives and friends of those who have alcohol, drug or behavioral problems. Website includes information on meetings, literature, and an e-meeting. For those affected by drug or alcohol abuse, or related behavioral problems of a relative or friend.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 2005. Online only.

    The main goal of this site is to reduce the stigma and misinformation surrounding the use of Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) during pregnancy through the sharing of accurate information and support. This site offers support, education and hope to expectant women in recovery from an opioid dependence who are utilizing MMT. Expectant and postpartum MMT patients and the professionals who care for them are welcome and encouraged to join.

  • International. In-person groups and online.

    Nar-Anon Family Groups is a 12-Step program for relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. Nar-Anon’s program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts. Nar-Anon literature is available on its website.

  • International. Founded 1988. In-person groups and online.

    A fellowship of couples, many of whom participate in other 12-Step fellowships. RCA members are working to solve their common problems and help other recovering couples restore their relationships. The only requirement for RCA membership is a desire to remain in a committed relationship.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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