Support Groups: Hope and Healing through Community

The support groups listed below are all free of charge, confidential, informal, and facilitated by a group member, survivor, or other layperson.

Support GroupsOvercoming and healing from past wounds, present addictions, and stressful situations do not happen in isolation. We need to know that we are not alone. By bringing together people with common experiences and situations, support groups provide a safe place to share our stories, find understanding, and empower each other to cope with problems. In the support group community, we can learn new and healthy ways to think, feel and live.

We encourage parents who have teens with behavior problems to attend a group for support and guidance, such as Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)  all based on the 12-step model ― and Because I Love You, support groups for parents of troubled teens.

You’ll find that a support group can provide emotional help, practical coping skills and strategies, and empower you towards personal growth, positive changes, and healthy relationships.

Adult Children of Alcoholics  12-Step 12 Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.  Read What is an ACOA? >>>

Al-Anon and Alateen  888-4-AL-ANON  International 12-Step fellowship that helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend Alateen groups are specifically for teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s substance abuse. Read Al-Anon and Other 12-Step Programs >>>

Alcoholics Anonymous  AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, nondenominational, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. Click here for local AA resources within the USA and Canada. Click here for international AA resources..

Alcoholics for Christ  248-399-9955  International Christian 12-step fellowship that ministers to alcoholics and substance abusers, family members, and adult children of alcoholics and substance abusers. Find a meeting>>>

Alcoholics Victorious  International Christian 12-Step fellowship for people recovering from the effects of alcoholism or drug addiction. 

Because I Love You  Support groups for parents who have children (of all ages) with behavioral issues, such as a negative attitude, truancy, drug and/or alcohol abuse, running away, and verbal and physical abuse.  Find a meeting>>>

Celebrate Recovery  Christian support groups not only for alcoholics but also for codependents, people with eating disorders, those struggling with sexual addictions, anger, those dealing with past or current physical abuse or sexual abuse issues, those in need of financial recovery, and anyone dealing with any kind of hurt, hang-up or habit.  Find a meeting>>>

Chemically Dependent Anonymous  12-step fellowship that does not make distinctions in the recovery process based on any particular substance, believing that the addictive-compulsive use of chemicals is the core of addictive disease and the use of any mood-changing chemical will result in relapse.

Christian Survivors  Online support community for survivors of all types of abuse.

Circle of Parents  Parent-led support groups where parents and caregivers can share ideas, celebrates successes, and address the challenges surrounding parenting.  Find a meeting>>>

Cocaine Anonymous  800-347-8998  International 12-step recovery to individuals who are suffering from cocaine addiction. Find a meeting in USA and worldwide >>>

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)  602-277-7991 or 888-444-2359  A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships through the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. Read Basics of Codependency >>>  Find a meeting in USA, worldwide, and online >>>

Co-Dependents of Sex Addicts (CoSA)  763-537-6904  12-step support for friends and family members whose lives have been affected by another person’s compulsive sexual behavior. Find a meeting >>>

Compassionate Friends  877-969-0010  International support organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.  Find a meeting in USA>>>   Find an online support meeting>>>  Find international support groups>>>

Crystal Meth Anonymous  855-638-4373   International 12-step fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from crystal meth addiction.

Depressed Anonymous  International 12-step fellowship for the men, women, and children whose lives have been affected by a family member’s depression.  Online Christian support community dedicated to overcoming and healing from addictive and/or destructive relationship behaviors whether you are struggling yourself or you are close to someone who is.

Door of Hope for Teens  TEXT or CALL 615-746-7319 or 914-393-1904  Free online, phone, and text support for teen girls and young women who struggle with self-injury

Dual Recovery Anonymous  913-991-2703  International 12-step, self-help organization for people with a dual diagnosis — those who are chemically dependent and have an emotional or psychiatric illness.

Eating Disorders Anonymous  International 12-step group based on the steps, traditions and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous that believes people can and do fully recover from their eating disorders. Find a meeting>>>

Emotions Anonymous  651-647-9712  Supports individuals who want to achieve and maintain emotional health by understanding and utilizing the 12 Steps in their daily lives. 

Families Anonymous  800-736-9805 International 12-step recovery and support fellowship for families and friends concerned about a loved one’s past, present or suspected use of drugs or alcohol, and/or behavior problems. Find a meeting in USA>>>  Find international groups>>>

Food Addicts in Recovery  781-932-6300  International 12-Step fellowship of men and women who either cannot control their eating or are obsessed with food. Through shared experience and mutual support, members help each other recover from food addiction.  Find a meeting>>>

Marijuana Anonymous  800-766-6779 12-step recovery fellowship for those addicted to marijuana.  Find a meeting>>>

Narcotics Anonymous  International 12-step community-based support association of recovering drug addicts. Read Am I An Addict?>>>  Find a meeting>>>

Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous   International 12-step fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from OCD.  Find a meeting>>>

Overcomers Outreach  800-310-3001 or 562-698-9000  International network of Christ-centered 12 Step support groups which ministers to individuals, their families and loved ones who suffer from the consequences of any addictive behavior.

Overeaters Anonymous  International 12-step fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet in order to help solve a common problem ― compulsive overeating. Find a meeting>>>

Parents Anonymous  855-427-2736   Family-strengthening and support program encourages all parents to ask for help early, whatever their circumstances, to effectively break the cycle of abuseprotect today’s children, and strengthen tomorrow’s generation of parents. Find a meeting>>>

Parents Without Partners   International, support organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents may be male or female, custodial or non-custodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never married. Find a chapter>>>

Prodigals International  866-910-9002  Christian 12-Step sexual addiction recovery support groups for men and Partners in Process, support groups for women who are affected by their husband or partner’s sexual integrity. Find a group >>>

S-Anon  800-210-8141 or  615-833-3152  International 12-step fellowship of family and friends of sexually addicted people.  Find a meeting>>> 

Self-Help Sourcebook OnLine  Searchable database that includes information on over 800+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous  International 12-Step fellowship of men and women who have a sex addiction and/or love addiction.  Find a meeting>>>

Smart Recovery®  866-951-5357  International face-to-face and online support groups to help people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, substance abuse, gambling addiction, and addiction to other behaviors.

Suicide Bereavement Support Groups  Suicide bereavement support groups provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Find your local chapter>>>

Suicide Survivor Support Groups in USA and Canada  The American Association of Suicidology provides directories of support groups for suicide loss survivors, suicide attempt survivors, and clinician survivors. Also go to Teen Suicide Prevention, Crisis Help, Survivor Support, Important Information>>>

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