Find a Support Group Meeting Near You

You are only steps away from groups that can help your recovery

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Research studies have found that participating in a support group along with other medical and professional alcohol and drug treatment programs improves outcomes. Participating in a support group aids in recovery by changing social networks, developing recovery coping skills, enhancing motivation, reducing depression and increasing psychological well-being.

What Does It Take to Join a Support Group?

For most support groups, all that is required to join is a desire to begin recovery.

Most people join a support group by simply walking in the door of a meeting near them. No invitation is required and there are no dues or fees.

Finding a Meeting

You can search for a local meeting via the websites of the various support groups. Not only that, some organizations have apps you can use to find meetings. You can still find a meeting in the old-school way by looking up a phone number in the white pages of the local telephone book. 

Some databases are detailed and allow you to see which meetings are for newcomers or are wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, or LGBT-friendly, among other characteristics. Other pages are less detailed and may only have phone numbers or listings for you to contact the meeting organizers.

Here is a list of official mutual support group websites and their meeting listings. If you cannot locate a face-to-face (in-person) meeting near you, there are many online meetings available.

Alcohol, Drug, Prescription Medication, and Substance Abuse Meetings

These include 12-step groups and those with other philosophies, as noted:

  • Alcoholics AnonymousSearch for the telephone numbers of AA Central Offices and Intergroups by zip code or state. The site does not give you locations of local meetings, but the Intergroup local sites have that information. You can find meetings around the world, which can be very useful when traveling.
  • Narcotics AnonymousSearch the meeting database by location. You can also download an NA Meeting Search app for iOS or Android.
  • SMART RecoverySearch the SMART recovery meeting database by country or state. SMART is not a 12-step program, but a self-help addiction recovery program for substance abuse and alcohol abuse. Meetings are free and newcomers are welcome. A hat is passed for voluntary donations.
  • Life Ring Secular RecoverySearch for a Life Ring meeting for drug or alcohol recovery by location or join an online meeting. The Life Ring philosophy differs from the 12-step programs in that it does not require you to rely on a higher power but believes in supporting your ability to strengthen your sober self and weaken your addict self.
  • Moderation ManagementSee a list and map of meetings around the world or join in telephone meetings. Moderation Management supports responsible drinking rather than a philosophy of total abstinence.
  • Cocaine Anonymous: 12-step program for cocaine, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances.
  • Marijuana AnonymousSearch a list of in-person and online meetings by location. They have apps for iOS, Android, and Windows that can be used to search for meetings. It is a 12-step program.
  • Pills AnonymousMeetings list for P.A. around the world. They are a 12-step program.
  • Crystal Meth AnonymousSearch for CMA meetings by zip code and distance. They are a 12-step program.

  • Dual Recovery Anonymous12-step program for those who have a psychiatric disorder and a substance abuse problem.

  • Chemical Dependent AnonymousFind a C.D. meeting by searching by state. They are a 12-step program supporting "abstinence from all mood-changing and mind-altering chemicals, including street-type drugs, alcohol and unnecessary medication."

Meetings for Families and Codependents of Alcoholics and Addicts

These meetings are for those who have relatives and friends with addictions and problem behaviors.

In addition to these groups, there are often links to family recovery groups for specific addictions or behaviors on the sites for the programs dedicated to them.

  • Alanon and AlateenSearch for an Al-Anon Family Groups meeting by location in the United States and Canada. You can also use their site to find online meeting, international meeting, or phone meeting.
  • Adult Children of AlcoholicsFind an ACA meeting by location search. They also have online meetings and phone meetings.
  • Codependents Anonymous12-step program for recovery from unhealthy relationships.
  • Families AnonymousGet a PDF files of F.A. meetings by  state. This is a 12-step program for those who have a family member with an addiction or problem behavior.
  • Recovering Couples Anonymous12-step group for couples who want to restore and maintain their relationship in recovery.

Sex Addiction, Disordered Love Relationships, and Abuse Survivor Meetings

  • Sexaholics AnonymousSearch for an S.A. meeting by state. This is a 12-step program for those who want to "stop lusting and become sexually sober."
  • Sexual Compulsives Anonymous: A list of International SCA meetings in-person and online. They are a 12-step program.
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous: Search for a list of meetings by state. They are a 12-step program. 
  • Survivors of Incest AnonymousSearch a list of all active meetings. They are a 12-step program for those who are over age 18 who were sexually abused as a child.
  • Sex & Love Addicts AnonymousFind a meeting by searching by state or province. They are a 12-step program for those with "an addictive compulsion to engage in or avoid sex, love, or emotional attachment."
  • Sexual Recovery Anonymous12-step group for those who desire to stop compulsive sexual behavior.
  • Love Addicts Anonymous12-step program for those who have "distorted thoughts, feelings, and behavior when it comes to love, fantasies. and relationships."

Food and Nicotine Problem Behavior Meetings

  • Overeaters AnonymousEnter your address or zip code and indicate a distance to find an O.A. meeting nearby. They also have telephone and online meetings. They are a 12-step program for overeating, undereating, anorexia, bulimia, and other problem eating behaviors.
  • Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous12-step program for those who have had an eating problem, including overeating or bulimia.
  • GreySheeters Anonymous12-step program for compulsive overeating.
  • Nicotine AnonymousSearch for a meeting by country and state. They are a 12-step program.

Emotional and Mental Health Recovery Meetings

Financial and Acquisition Problem Behavior Meetings

  • Gamblers Anonymous: A group to support recovery from problem gambling and are guided by 12-step principles.
  • Debtors Anonymous12-step program for compulsive debtors.
  • Workaholics AnonymousW.A. meetings include phone meetngs, online meetings, or in-person meetings in the United States or Internationally. They are a 12-step program for those who are compulsive about work.
  • Spenders Anonymous12-step program for those who want to recover from compulsive spending and taking on debt.
  • Clutterers Anonymous: 12-step program for those with a desire to stop cluttering.

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