Online Support Communities

https://www.stepchat.com - StepChat has meetings in the NA format as well as other non-NA formats such as AA, ACA, Al-Anon, Self Harm Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous and others. Some of these meetings are intended for family and friends of Alcoholics (Al-Anon) , for children of alcoholics (ACA), and may be more appropriate for you if you, yourself, are not an alcoholic or addict but came here seeking information about "what do I do about my loved one" ? Their meetings are held in chat just like ours. If you came here to ask whether we fill out "court cards" or cards for sober houses: We don't, but they do.

As with any meeting, "who you see there, what you hear there, please let it stay there." Don't discuss it here.

https://www.reddit.com/r/stopdrinking - This subreddit is a place to motivate each other to control or stop drinking. They have an IRC chatroom but per their request, they would like you to visit them on Reddit before joining their chatroom, and they require you to be at least 24 hours clean/sober to participate.

https://www.reddit.com/r/depression - Reddit has a lot of subreddits dedicated to various areas of mental health that spark insightful conversation and a safe feeling of community. r/Depression isn't the biggest one, but it's active throughout the day with people posting their thoughts, feelings and struggles. Responses come quick and are often quite helpful and supportive. They have an IRC chatroom as well, but would like you to visit their subreddit and familiarize yourself with them before joining the chatroom.

http://www.refugerecovery.org/ - Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Inspired Path to Recovery from Addiction

https://sherecovers.co/ - She Recovers is an international movement of self-identified women in or seeking recovery from a wide variety of issues, including substance use and eating disorders, other behavioral health issues, trauma, abuse, codependency, cancer, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism and other life challenges.

https://www.slaaonline.org/ - Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous "SLAA", this is the question some people are afraid to ask. Compulsive sexual behavior, porn and/or masturbation addiction, or those who struggle with childhood traumas and the impact it has on your present day relationships or acting out. They have a lot of experience here. Don't be insulted if a moderator PMs you and asks you questions to see whether you qualify. This can be off-putting for experienced members who don't feel obligated to qualify themselves or find this to be confronational. They are screening and removing people who are there for the wrong reason, i.e. to cyber or hook up etc.

https://www.tripsit.me - This is probably one of our more controversial links. Tripsit is focused on harm reduction, and/or socialization about drugs in general. If you are looking for advice about "tapering" off of drugs, have questions about drug interactions, whether you "took too much" of something but are scared to call poison control or seek medical attention, Tripsit may be more insightful. We get the occasional visitor who just wants to chat somewhere high and isn't really looking for a solution. We would rather inform the public that Tripsit exists and welcomes/encourages this, than dump you off on other recovery-focused rooms or have anyone be too intimidated or insulted to return when you do finally want help. There are a lot of memorials and RIPs in their /topic for a reason.

https://www.meetup.com/ - We are all in various stages of recovery here. We all know "how to stop using drugs," the challenge lies in "how do we stay stopped." Our worlds and our lives often end up sad and small on drugs. Once you have managed to stop using and/or drinking, please consider trying to find some constructive and healthy hobbies. Consider connecting with people who share a common interest or find something new you'd like to try. Isolation is the worst possible thing for any of us. Hiding out online behind a computer screen is not good for mental health and/or recovery. That even includes our website. Rediscovering yourself and/or the activities you enjoyed in the past may help your recovery.

Disclaimer: We don't participate (or in some cases, qualify for) some of these groups. There are many chatrooms and websites out there that are probably worth mentioning or linking to. You are welcome to submit new resources or report broken links to [email protected] We avoid linking to confrontational and/or abusive groups, as well as groups who are newly established and unknown to us. We cannot respond directly to anonymous complaints about these links from outside our group, and we are not going to remove a link just because someone pissed you off in one of those rooms.


Community Resources - United States Audience

  1. SAMHSA: US Substance and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA's National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

  2. SAMHSA Online Treatment Locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

  3. What we call "outside help," (therapy, counseling) aka getting the wheels tightened down:

    • https://openpathcollective.org/ - Open Path Collective is a network of registered therapists offering sessions priced $30 to $50.

    • https://7cups.com/ - 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support. They have free peer support forums, and also offer confidential online therapy & counseling with licensed therapists for $150 USD per month.

    • https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov - Federally funded health centers often offer mental health services. Find one near you.

  4. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress - call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) https://www.thehotline.org

  5. United Way - 211 - Get Connected, Get Help. Crisis | Emergencies and Disasters | Food | Energy Assistance 211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 today or search for your local 211 below: US: https://www.211.org Canada: http://www.211.ca

  6. The Hotline: National Domestic Violence Hotline. National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims, survivors of domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-7233. Chat w/ an advocate on our website. https://www.thehotline.org

  7. YWCA: Alternatives to Domestic Violence. Several programs at YWCA assist families in domestic violence situations. Your local YWCA may be able to refer you to legal resources or shelters in your community or within a few cities distance. https://www.google.com/search?q=ywca+alternatives+to+domestic+violence

  8. Haven for Hope: Serving San Antonio (Bexar County), TX. Our mission is to offer a place of hope and new beginnings. We do this by providing, coordinating, and delivring an efficient system of care for people experiencing homelessness in Bexar County https://www.havenforhope.org/

  9. Haymarket Center: Serving Chicago (Cook County), IL. The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. Maternal care, medical detox, short and long term residential programs. https://www.hcenter.org/

  10. Share! The Self Help and Recovery Exchange: Serving the greater Los Angeles Area. SHARE! Culver City and SHARE! Downtown Los Angeles are friendly, accessible and supportive centers where a large community of self-help groups meet each week, addressing all kinds of issues such as anger management, health, depression, self-esteem, relationships, childhood abuse, substance abuse, reaching goals, and many more. Share also provides low-ish (and in some cases "same-day") housing options for those defined as Mental Health Consumers at risk of homelessness. Rents range from $450-$650 per month. https://www.shareselfhelp.org/

  11. DanceSafe: Promoting Health and Safety within the Electronic Music Community. Drug Testing Kits: The fentanyl crisis is getting out of hand in the US, we're finding it not only in heroin but in counterfeit pills, ecstasy, cocaine, and crystal meth. For those who are still using please consider acquiring Fentanyl test strips. https://dancesafe.org/shop/

  12. Save a life with Narcan: Reduce addiction's cost to society, our hospitals, and our overworked First Responders! Available without a written prescription in most states, naloxone, also known as NARCAN, is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses. CVS Pharmacy locations in most communities have naloxone on hand and can dispense it the same day or ordered for the next business day. https://www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse/save-a-life


12-Step Groups with an Abstinence Focus

https://secularaa.org/ - Secular AA: Secular AA's mission is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous without having to accept anyone else's beliefs or deny their own. Secular AA does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or belief system and operates in accordance with the Third Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

https://heroinanonymous.org/ - Heroin Anonymous World Services. Heroin Anonymous (HA) is a fellowship of men and women who have found a better way of life, free from heroin addiction.

https://crystalmeth.org/ - Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people for whom all drugs, specifically crystal meth, have become a problem.

https://ca.org/ - Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of people for whom all drugs, specifically cocaine (crack, etc), have become a problem.


Non 12-Step Based Recovery and Support Groups

  1. SMART: Self Management And Recovery Training. http://www.smartrecovery.org/ Rational, sane, common-sense recovery techniques. Based on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, the brainchild of Dr. Albert Ellis.

  2. http://www.womenforsobriety.org/ WFS, Women For Sobriety (guys ignore this one) WFS also has online chat groups: http://www.womenforsobriety.org/news_conferences/chat.html For local group meetings in your area you can also call 1-800-333-1606.

  3. http://www.sossobriety.org/ == SOS, Secular Organizations for Sobriety, a.k.a. "Save Our Selves". SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual or superstitious content of widely available 12-Step programs.

    Another web site: http://www.sos-rochester.org/ — Rochester, NY, SOS on the web.

  4. http://www.lifering.org/ == LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR)

  5. Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support (HAMS) http://hams.cc HAMS is peer-led and free of charge. HAMS offers information and support via a chat room, an email group, and live meetings — as well is the articles on this web site.

  6. Moderation Management http://www.moderation.org/ Moderation Management is oriented towards cutting down to moderate, responsible, controlled drinking, rather than total abstinence.

  7. Rational Recovery http://www.rational.org/ Rational Recovery is no longer "a recovery group", it's a book, and a technique called AVRT — Addictive Voice Recognition Therapy — basically the same idea as the Lizard Brain Addiction Monster.


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