Other Support Groups

Most of the large Twelve-Step organizations, and some representative smaller ones, are in this manual under their own modules, or under the addiction or disorder they serve. In this module we discuss the types of support groups, and briefly list some other examples.

Twelve Step

These are support groups that closely follow the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions originated by Alcoholics Anonymous. This is not meant to be a complete list; it is to give you an idea of the kinds of groups available.

All Addicts Anonymous
PO Box 500
Hankins, NY 12741
(888) 422-2476
AllAddictsAnonymous.org

Drugs Addicts Anonymous
London and other locations in the UK
DrugAddictsAnonymous.org.uk

Emotional Health Anonymous
PO Box 2081
San Gabriel, CA 91778
(626) 722-5779
EmotionalHealthAnonymous.org

Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous
PO Box 215
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 739-0662
ObsessiveCompulsiveAnonymous.org

Workaholics Anonymous
PO Box 289
Menlo Park, CA 94026-0289
(510) 273-9253
Workaholics-Anonymous.org

Adapted

There are also self-help groups who have adapted the ideas pioneered by AA, but do not follow the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions exactly. For example, Incest Survivors Anonymous (listed in the Incest module) has a person who is a lifetime head, a clear violation of AA’s traditions. Another example is a group for Christian support for addictions, sharing Twelve Steps through the Bible:

Overcomers Outreach
2290 W. Whittier Blvd., Suite A/D
La Habra, CA 906361
(213) 697-3994
OvercomersOutreach.org

Other “Anonymous”

There are support groups that use the word anonymous in their name, but do not appear to be Twelve-Step groups at all. Fundamentalists Anonymous does not use a Higher Power, and Parents Anonymous, for people who want to avoid abusing their children, uses volunteer professionals as a resource.

Fundamentalists Anonymous
PO Box 20324, Greeley Square Station
New York, NY 10001
(212) 696-0420
Note: Apparently this group was “killed” by fundamentalists. The founder, Richard Yao, has moved after lots of persecution, at least as of 2008.

Parents Anonymous
250 West First Street, Suite 250
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-6184
ParentsAnonymous.org

Others

There are also plenty of support groups, for everything from Alzheimer’s syndrome to Zellweger syndrome. Some of them have local chapters, while others simply provide written materials, referrals, and telephone support. There are also councils that provide information and other services.

Clearinghouses

There are several national clearinghouses that try to keep up with all the self-help groups, and provide what information they can about them. For current information, call or visit their websites:

American Self-Help Clearinghouse
375 E. McFarian Street
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 989-1122
HealthFinder.gov

National Self-Help Clearinghouse
No current address or phone number given
SelfHelpWeb.org
Note: this site seems to be somewhat anti-Twelve Step.


Other support groups, see also: Adolescents, Al-Anon & Alateen, Alcoholics Anonymous, Children of addicts, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Families Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, History of Twelve-Step groups, Meetings, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex addiction groups, Steps of AA, Traditions of AA.

Updated 6 Sep 2015

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