Counseling Help

When people recover every one benefits

12 step meetings and Self esteem building

Self Help Clearinghouse

Drug Abuse

This information is provided as a resource and does not constitute an endorsement for any group. It is the responsibility of the reader to decide whether a group is appropriate for his/her needs. For evidence-based information on diseases, conditions, symptoms, treatment and wellness issues, continue searching this site.

Narcotics Anonymous

(MULTILINGUAL) International. 44,000+ meetings per week in 127 countries. Founded 1953. 12-Step. Worldwide multicultural organization whose primary purpose is to help any individual stop using drugs. No dues, fees or registration. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using drugs. Information is available in several languages, on audio tape, CD and in Braille.
Write:
Narcotics Anonymous
P.O. Box 9999
Van Nuys, CA 91409
Voice: 818-773-9999
Fax: 818-700-0700
Website: http://www.na.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/14/2008

Families Anonymous

International. 500+ groups. Founded 1971. 12-Step. Fellowship for relatives and friends of persons with drug, alcohol or behavioral problems. Members learn to achieve their own serenity in spite of the turmoil which surrounds them. Besides many booklets, pamphlets, bookmarks, publications include daily thought book, 'Today A Better Way' and a bimonthly newsletter 'The Twelve-Step Rag.' Offers group development guidelines.
Write:
Families Anonymous
P.O. Box 3475
Culver City, CA 90231-3475
Voice: 1-800-736-9805
Fax: 310-815-9682
Website: http://www.FamiliesAnonymous.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

Recoveries Anonymous

International. 50 chapters. Spiritual recovery group for anyone seeking a solution for any kind of addiction. Family and friends welcome. 'How To Begin...' guides and 'Start A Group' kit can be downloaded free from the website.
Write:
Recoveries Anonymous
P.O. Box 1212
East Northport, NY 11731
Website: http://www.r-a.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/22/2008

Cocaine Anonymous, Inc.

International. 2500 chapters. Founded 1982. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction. Quarterly newsletter. Group starter kit available.
Write:
Cocaine Anonymous
3740 Overland Ave., Suite C
Los Angeles, CA 90034-6337
Voice: 1-800-347-8998 or 310-559-5833
Fax: 310-559-2554
Website: http://ca.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/1/2008

Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

International. 1600 groups. Founded 1967. 12-Step. Group offering self-help recovery to families and friends of addicts. Members share their experience, hope and strength with each other. Packet of information for starting new groups. Nar-Ateen and Nar-Atot programs available.
Write:
Nar-Anon Family World Group Headquarters
22527 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 200B
Torrance, CA 90505
Voice: 1-800-477-6291 or 310-534-8188
Fax: 310-534-8688
Website: http://www.nar-anon.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/14/2008

Pills Anonymous

Model. 1 group in New York City. Self-help, self-supporting, anonymous 12-step program, based on the principles of A.A., for those who want to help themselves and others recover from chemical addiction.
Voice: 212-874-0700
Website: http://www.geocities.com/panonjh/
E-mail: [email protected]hoo.com
Verified: 10/15/2008

National Family Partnership

(formerly Parents for Drug-Free Youth) National. 58 affiliates. Founded 1980. Support, drug prevention education, information and networking for parents to address drug prevention. Legislative advocacy on federal level and information resource for state and local efforts. Annual Red Ribbon Campaign, resource center, drug prevention and anti-tobacco resource.
Write:
National Family Partnership
2490 Coral Way, Suite 501
Miami, FL 33145
Voice: 1-800-705-8997
Fax: 305-856-4815
Website: http://www.nfp.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/14/2008

Intercongregational Addictions Program (ICAP)

International. Founded 1979. Network of recovering alcoholic women in religious orders. Helps Roman Catholic women who are or have been members of religious orders and are alcoholic or chemically dependent, compulsive eaters, compulsive gamblers, etc. Information, referrals, assistance in meeting other members, phone support, conferences and e-mail support.
Write:
ICAP
7777 Lake St., Suite 115
River Forest, IL 60305
Voice: 708-488-9770
Fax: 708-488-9774
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

Co-Anon Family Groups

International. 28 groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Program for families and friends of cocaine, crack and other drug addicts, whether they are actively using or not. Online e-mail and face-to-face meetings. Provides assistance in starting new groups.
Write:
Co-Anon Family Groups
P.O. Box 12722
Tucson, AZ 85732-2722
Voice: 1-800-898-9985 or 520-513-5028
Website: http://www.co-anon.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/1/2008

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (Save Ourselves)

International. Founded 1986. Mutual help for alcoholics and addicts who want to acknowledge their addiction and maintain sobriety as a separate issue from religion or spirituality. Newsletter. Guidelines and assistance available for starting groups. Real-time online chats and e-groups available.
Write:
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
Voice: 323-666-4295
Fax: 323-666-4271
Website: http://www.cfiwest.org/sos/
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/21/2008

Anesthetists in Recovery

National network. Founded 1984. 150+ members. Network of recovering nurse anesthetists. Provides phone support, information and referrals to groups and treatment.
Write:
AIR
8233 Brookside Rd.
c/o Art
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Voice: 215-635-0183 or 215-872-6821
Fax: 215-829-8757
Website: http://health.groups.yahooo.com/group/airforsobriety/
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

Psychologists Helping Psychologists

National network. Founded 1980. For doctoral-level psychologists or students who have had a personal experience with alcohol or drugs. Aim is to support each other in recovery. Aims to educate psychology community. Regional/national get-togethers and newsletter.
Write:
Psychologists Helping Psychologists
3484 S. Utah St.
Arlington, VA 22206-1921
Voice: 703-243-4470
Fax: 703-243-7125
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/21/2008

Marijuana Anonymous World Services

International. 50+ groups. Founded 1989. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who desire to stay clean of marijuana. Literature and starter packets. Various online meetings.
Write:
Marijuana Anonymous
P.O. Box 2912
Van Nuys, CA 91404
Voice: 1-800-766-6779 (recorded message)
Website: http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/14/2008

SMART Recovery (r)

(Self-Management And Recovery Training) National. 225+ affiliated groups. Founded 1994. Network of self-help groups for individuals wanting to gain their independence from addictive and compulsive behaviors. SMART Recovery is an abstinence program based on cognitive-behavioral principles, especially those of rational-emotive behavior therapy. Newsletter, information, referrals, literature and assistance in starting local groups.
Write:
SMART Recovery
7537 Mentor Ave., Suite 306
Mentor, OH 44060
Voice: 1-866-951-5357 or 440-951-5357
Fax: 440-951-5358
Website: http://www.smartrecovery.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/21/2008

Chemically Dependent Anonymous

National. 65 affiliated groups. Founded 1980. Purpose is to carry the message of recovery to the chemically dependent person. For those with a desire to abstain from drugs/alcohol. Information and referrals, phone support, conferences and group development guidelines.
Write:
Chemically Dependent Anonymous
P.O. Box 813
Annapolis, MD 21401
Voice: 1-888-232-4673
Website: http://www.cdaweb.org
Verified: 10/13/2008

Social Workers Helping Social Workers

National network. Founded 1981. Supports recovery from alcohol or other chemical dependence, either their own or that of a significant other, among social workers (BSW/MSW) or BSW/MSW students. Social workers with other addictions are welcome to attend meetings. Newsletter, annual conferences, some regional retreats/meetings, continuing education, daily e-mail digest and group development guidelines.
Write:
Social Workers Helping Social Workers
5228 S. Kenwood Ave.
c/o Betty Check
Chicago, IL 60615
Voice: 773-493-6940 (confidential voice mail)
Website: http://www.socialworkershelping.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/21/2008

Free N One Recovery

National. 55 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. Group teaches people to be free mentally and spiritually, as well as free of drugs and alcohol. Family support groups available. Information and referrals, phone support, literature and conferences. Assistance in starting local chapters.
Write:
Free N One Recovery
5838 S. Overhill Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Voice: 323-395-0009
Fax: 310-764-5439
Website: http://www.freenone.net
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/11/2008

JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others)

International. Founded 1980. For alcoholic and chemically dependent Jews, families, friends, associates and the community. Networking, community outreach, retreats, newsletter, literature, spiritual events and speakers bureau.
Write:
JACS
120 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
Voice: 212-397-4197
Fax: 212-399-3525
Website: http://www.jacsweb.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

Overcomers Outreach, Inc.

International. 700 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Christ-centered support group for anyone affected by addictions, as well as their families and friends. Uses 12-steps of A.A. and applies them to the Scriptures. Uses Jesus Christ as 'higher power.' Supplements involvement in other 12-step groups. Newsletter, group development guidelines and conferences.
Write:
Overcomers Outreach, Inc.
P.O. Box 922950
Sylmar, CA 91392
Voice: 1-800-310-3001
Website: http://www.overcomersoutreach.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

Overcomers In Christ

International. Founded 1987. Recovery program that deals with every aspect of addiction and dysfunction (spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and social). Uses Overcomers goals which are Christ-centered. Resources, literature, information and referrals. Assistance in starting new groups.
Write:
Overcomers In Christ
P.O. Box 34460
Omaha, NE 68134-0460
Voice: 1-866-573-0966 or 402-573-0966
Website: http://www.OvercomersInChrist.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

International Lawyers in Alcoholics Anonymous

International. 40+ affiliated groups. Founded 1975. Serves as a clearinghouse for support groups for lawyers who are recovering alcoholics or have other chemical dependencies. Newsletter, annual conventions and group development guidelines.
Write:
International Lawyers in A.A.
14123 Victory Blvd.
c/o Eli Gauna
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Voice: 818-785-6541
Fax: 818-785-3887
Website: http://www.ilaa.org
Verified: 10/13/2008

Veterinarians in Recovery

National network. Founded 1990. Support network for veterinarians in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Provides information and referrals, phone support and newsletter. Online e-mail listserv. Maintains database of members for support. Al-Anon members and recovering veterinarian staff welcome at meetings. Many VIR members also are members of International Doctors in A.A., and meet during their annual conference.
Write:
Veterinarians in Recovery
180 County Rd. 741
c/o Jeff H.
Clanton, AL 35046
Voice: 205-335-4222
Verified: 10/21/2008

Dual Disorders Anonymous

National. 25 chapters. Founded 1982. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who come together to help those members who suffer from both a mental disorder and alcoholism and/or drug addiction. Group development guidelines.
Write:
Dual Disorders Anonymous
P.O. Box 681264
Schaumburg, IL 60168-1264
Voice: 847-577-1853
Website: http://groups.msnusers.com/dualdisordersanonymous
Verified: 10/13/2008

Double Trouble in Recovery, Inc.

National. 800+ affiliated groups. Founded 1989. Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their particular addiction(s) and mental disorders. For persons dually-diagnosed with an addiction as well as a mental disorder. Literature, conferences, information and referrals. Double Trouble in Recovery Basic Guide Book. Assistance in starting new groups.
Write:
Double Trouble in Recovery, Inc.
P.O. Box 245055
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Voice: 718-373-2684
Website: http://www.doubletroubleinrecovery.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous

International network. 6000 members. 175 affiliated groups. Founded 1949. Opportunity for doctoral level health care professionals to discuss common problems and find common solutions to drug and alcohol problems. Annual meetings (1st week Aug.), phone support, newsletter, information and referrals. Mutual help meetings at conferences of other organizations. Also, Al-Anon program of helping families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. In addition, website provides links to several listgroups (ongoing recovery-related meetings conducted by e-mail).
Write:
International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous
2616 N.W. 25th Place
c/o Dale Syfert
Gainsville, FL 32605
Voice: 352-375-0240
Website: http://www.idaa.org
Verified: 10/13/2008

Dual Recovery Anonymous

International. Chapters worldwide. Founded 1989. A self-help program for individuals who experience a dual disorder of chemical dependency and a psychiatric or emotional illness. Based on the principles of the 12-steps and the personal experiences of individuals in dual recovery. Literature, newsletter and assistance in starting local groups.
Write:
Dual Recovery Anonymous
P.O. Box 8107
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Voice: 913-991-2703
Website: http://www.draonline.org (note: listings of groups on this website may be out-of-date - be sure to call the contact number listed for the group before attending)
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/17/2008

Alcoholics Victorious

International. 150 affiliated groups. Founded 1948. 12-Step. Christian-oriented group for those recovering from alcohol or chemical dependency. Information and referrals, literature, phone support, conferences, support group meetings and newsletter. Assistance in starting groups. How-to materials.
Write:
Alcoholics Victorious
4501 Troost St.
c/o FootPrints, Inc.
Kansas City, MO 64110
Voice: 816-561-0567
Fax: 816-561-0572
Website: http://alcoholicsvictorious.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/14/2008

LifeRing Secular Recovery

International. Founded 1999. Secular community of persons who are building lives free of dependency on alcohol and other drugs. Group activities are not associated with religion or spirituality. Members practice complete abstinence from alcohol and other addicting drugs. Peer support, literature, information, referrals and advocacy activities. Guidelines available for starting similar groups. Large online e-mail support group and several smaller special interest groups (women, weight loss, stop smoking, etc). Online chats and forum. Publishes sobriety literature.
Write:
LifeRing Secular Recovery
1440 Broadway, Suite 312
Oakland, CA 94612
Voice: 1-800-811-4142 or 510-763-0779
Website: http://www.unhooked.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/13/2008

Crystal Meth Anonymous

National. 12-Step. Fellowship for those in recovery from addiction to crystal meth. Open to families and friends. Information on starting a group available. Meetings list available on website.
Write:
Crystal Meth Anonymous
8205 Santa Monica Blvd., PMB 1-114
West Hollywood, CA 90046-5977
Voice: 213-488-4455
Website: http://www.crystalmeth.org
Verified: 10/1/2008

Conduct Disorders Parent Message Board

Online. 7080 members. Founded 1995. Support for parents living with a child with one of the many behavior disorders including: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, conduct disorder, depression and substance abuse. Parents with children of all ages welcome.
Website: http://www.conductdisorders.com
Verified: 10/14/2008

Methadone Anonymous Support

International. 400+ affiliated groups. Founded 1991. Self-help group for and led by, current and former methadone maintenance treatment patients. Open to anyone interested in recovery from chemical dependency. Literature, conferences, support group meetings and online chat rooms (methadone users, detox, chronic pain, buprenorphine/suboxone treatment, caregivers, methadone pregnancy information, etc). Online meetings daily. Assistance in starting local groups.
Website: http://www.methadonesupport.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 9/22/2008

Benzo

Online. Founded 1999. Benzodiazepine withdrawal support network for those who want to end benzodiazepine dependency/addiction and recover from the withdrawl syndrome.
Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/benzo/
Verified: 9/30/2008

International Ministers and Pastors in Recovery

International. Founded 1988. Provides mutual support for pastors and ministers recovering from addictions and actively participating in a 12-step recovery program. Provides phone network, meets at an international 12-step conference, information and referrals. Assistance in starting local/regional groups.
Write:
International Ministers and Pastors in Recovery
P.O. Box 219
Augusta, MO 63332
Voice: 314-808-5470
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 10/22/2008

HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol and Other Substances

Online. 225 members. Founded 2007. Support and information for people who choose to practice safe intoxication, as well as those choosing moderate drinking or quitting as a goal. Members offer simple and pragmatic strategies for reducing the risks of recreational intoxication to self and others.
Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/hamshrn
Verified: 9/10/2008

Benzoprotracted

Online. 489 members. Founded 2001. Supportive environment to those who suffer from withdrawal symptoms after months, or years, of being free from benzodiazepine drugs.
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/benzoprotracted
Verified: 9/10/2008


The above information was "verified" as correct on the date at the end of each entry. Since American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse's database is extensive but staffing is limited and information for these organizations can change, it is not possible to keep every entry in American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse database completely current and accurate. Please check with the organizations listed for the most current information.

For additional information on self-help groups, please visit the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse web site at http://www.mentalhelp.net/selfhelp

If you find information that is not current, please contact American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse at: [email protected]

Copyright © 2009 American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse. All rights reserved.


 
 Go to top of page

 

Self Esteem Building

Building Self-esteem
A Self-Help Guide

Activities That Will Help You Feel Good About Yourself

Any of the following activities will help you feel better about yourself and reinforce your self-esteem over the long term. Read through them. Do those that seem most comfortable to you. You may want to do some of the other activities at another time. You may find it helpful to repeat some of these activities again and again.

Make affirming lists
Making lists, rereading them often, and rewriting them from time to time will help you to feel better about yourself. If you have a journal, you can write your lists there. If you don't, any piece of paper will do.

Make a list of

  • at least five of your strengths, for example, persistence, courage, friendliness, creativity
  • at least five things you admire about yourself, for example the way you have raised your children, your good relationship with your brother, or your spirituality
  • the five greatest achievements in your life so far, like recovering from a serious illness, graduating from high school, or learning to use a computer
  • at least 20 accomplishments-they can be as simple as learning to tie your shoes, to getting an advanced college degree
  • 10 ways you can "treat" or reward yourself that don't include food and that don't cost anything, such as walking in woods, window-shopping, watching children playing on a playground, gazing at a baby's face or at a beautiful flower, or chatting with a friend
  • 10 things you can do to make yourself laugh
  • 10 things you could do to help someone else
  • 10 things that you do that make you feel good about yourself

Reinforcing a positive self image
To do this exercise you will need a piece of paper, a pencil or pen, and a timer or clock. Any kind of paper will do, but if you have paper and pen you really like, that will be even better.

Set a timer for 10 minutes or note the time on your watch or a clock. Write your name across the top of the paper. Then write everything positive and good you can think of about yourself. Include special attributes, talents, and achievements. You can use single words or sentences, whichever you prefer. You can write the same things over and over if you want to emphasize them. Don't worry about spelling or grammar. Your ideas don't have to be organized. Write down whatever comes to mind. You are the only one who will see this paper. Avoid making any negative statements or using any negative words—only positive ones. When the 10 minutes are up, read the paper over to yourself. You may feel sad when you read it over because it is a new, different, and positive way of thinking about yourself–a way that contradicts some of the negative thoughts you may have had about yourself. Those feelings will diminish as your reread this paper. Read the paper over again several times. Put it in a convenient place–your pocket, purse, wallet, or the table beside your bed. Read it over to yourself at least several times a day to keep reminding yourself of how great you are! Find a private space and read it aloud. If you can, read it to a good friend or family member who is supportive.

Developing Positive Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements that you can make about yourself that make you feel better about yourself. They describe ways you would like to feel about yourself all the time. They may not, however, describe how you feel about yourself right now. The following examples of affirmations will help you in making your own list of affirmations —

  • I feel good about myself
  • I take good care of myself. I eat right, get plenty of exercise, do things I enjoy, get good health care, and attend to my personal hygiene needs
  • I spend my time with people who are nice to me and make me feel good about myself
  • I am a good person
  • I deserve to be alive
  • Many people like me

Make a list of your own affirmations. Keep this list in a handy place, like your pocket or purse. You may want to make copies of your list so you can have them in several different places of easy access. Read the affirmations over and over to yourself—aloud whenever you can. Share them with others when you feel like it. Write them down from time to time. As you do this, the affirmations tend to gradually become true for you.

You gradually come to feel better and better about yourself.

Your personal "celebratory scrapbook" and place to honor yourself.
Develop a scrapbook that celebrates you and the wonderful person you are. Include pictures of yourself at different ages, writings you enjoy, mementos of things you have done and places you have been, cards you have received, etc. Or set up a place in your home that celebrates "you." It could be on a bureau, shelf, or table. Decorate the space with objects that remind you of the special person you are. If you don't have a private space that you can leave set up, put the objects in a special bag, box, or your purse and set them up in the space whenever you do this work. Take them out and look at them whenever you need to bolster your self-esteem.

Appreciation exercise.
At the top of a sheet of paper write "I like _____ (your name) because:" Have friends, acquaintances, family members, etc., write an appreciative statement about you on it. When you read it, don't deny it OR don't argue with what has been written, just accept it! Read this paper over and over. Keep it in a place where you will see it often.

Self-esteem calendar.
Get a calendar with large blank spaces for each day. Schedule into each day some small thing you would enjoy doing, such as "go into a flower shop and smell the flowers," "call my sister," "draw a sketch of my cat," "buy a new CD," "tell my daughter I love her," "bake brownies," "lie in the sun for 20 minutes," "wear my favorite scent," etc. Now make a commitment to check your "enjoy life" calendar every day and do whatever you have scheduled for yourself.

Mutual complimenting exercise.
Get together for 10 minutes with a person you like and trust. Set a timer for five minutes or note the time on a watch or clock. One of you begins by complimenting the other person—saying everything positive about the other person—for the first five minutes. Then the other person does the same thing to that person for the next five minutes. Notice how you feel about yourself before and after this exercise. Repeat it often.

Self-esteem resources.
Go to your library. Look up books on self-esteem. Read one or several of them. Try some of the suggested activities.

(SAMHSA Health Information Network (SHIN)) 2009

 12 step programs