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General Resources

General Resources for Addiction and Recovery

In addition to Jewish-specific resources, we have gathered the following list of general resources for individuals and families grappling with addiction and those in recovery. Be sure to also visit our library.

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Recovery Support Groups / Substance Use

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous, the original Twelve Step program founded in 1935 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob, is an international fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem. The primary purpose of AA is to carry its message of recovery to the alchoholic seeking help. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Visit website.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous is an international fellowship of people for whom drugs had become a major problem. NA members are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean from all drugs including alcohol. It is a Twelve Step recovery program where members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiciton and living drug-free, productive lives. Visit website.

Other Twelve Step Groups for Specific Substances

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) Visit website.

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) Visit website.

Heroin Anonymous (HA) Visit website.

Marijuana Anonymous (MA) Visit website.

Opiates Anonymous (OPA) Visit website.

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training)

SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people who are having problems with drinking and using or other addictive activities and behaviors. SMART Recovery includes ideas and techniques to help individuals change their life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. The program’s efforts are based on scientific knowledge of addiction recovery. Meetings are educational and include open discussions. Visit website.

In The Rooms (ITR)

In The Rooms is the world’s largest, online social network for the global recovery community with over 500,000 members who are willing to share their experience, strength, and hope 24/7 every day. ITR’s mantra is the acronym HITCH (Help, Inform, Touch, Connect, and Heal). ITR is an exceptional tool that complements real-life recovery programs with 115+ live online video meetings weekly (12-Step and other non 12-Step support groups), free smart phone apps, an audio library of speakers, a global meeting finder, daily meditation and affirmations, and much more. ITR has offerings for people already in recovery, those seeking immediate help from any addiction, and their family, friends, and allies. Visit website.

Recovery Support Groups / Process Addictions

Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous (CGAA)

Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of people who support each other in recovering from the problems resulting from excessive game playing. CGAA uses a variety of tools, including a Twelve Step program of recovery, but has no dogma. The single purpose of the program is to abstain from video gaming and help others find freedom from compulsive gaming. Membership is open to anyone who has the desire to stop video gaming. Visit website.

Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

Gamblers Anonymous is an international Twelve Step fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to stop gambling and regain a normal way of life. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. Visit website.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

Overeaters Anonymous is an international Twelve Step fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors. These include overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and over-exercising. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Visit website.

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

Sex Addicts Anonymous an international Twelve Step fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope to find freedom from addictive sexual behavior and help each other recover from sex addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior, and members of any sexual identity or orientation are welcome. Vist website.

Workaholics Anonymous (WA)

Workaholics Anonymous is an international Twelve Step fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problems, and help each other recover from workaholism and the suffering that comes from compulsive work, activity, and worry. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop working compulsively. Visit website.

In The Rooms (ITR)

In The Rooms is the world’s largest, online social network for the global recovery community with over 500,000 members who are willing to share their experience, strength, and hope 24/7 every day. ITR’s mantra is the acronym HITCH (Help, Inform, Touch, Connect, and Heal). ITR is an exceptional tool that complements real-life recovery programs with 115+ live online video meetings weekly (12-Step and other non 12-Step support groups), free smart phone apps, an audio library of speakers, a global meeting finder, daily meditation and affirmations, and much more. ITR has offerings for people already in recovery, those seeking immediate help from any addiction, and their family, friends, and allies. Visit website.

Family Support Groups

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families

Adult Children of Alcoholics is a worldwide Twelve Step program for people who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The membership includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs who experienced the abuse, neglect, or unhealthy behaviors found in alcoholic homes. ACA offers solutions to break free from shame and blame that are carryovers from the past and no longer be imprisoned by childhood reactions. Visit Website.

Al-Anon Family Groups/Alateen

Al-Anon/Alateen is a worldwide Twelve Step fellowship for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles of recovery, families and friends of alcholics can bring positive changes to their lives, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. Alateen is a part of the Al-Anon fellowship, designed for the younger relatives of alcoholics through the teen years. Visit website.

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Nar-Anon is a worldwide Twelve Step fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. Through sharing experience, strength, and hope, members can learn from each other how to deal with the pain and heartbreak that comes from loving an addict. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Visit website.

Families Anonymous (FA)

Families Anonymous is a worldwide Twelve Step fellowship for family and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. FA offers a path to peace and serenity and is open to family members and friends of those with a current, suspected, or former substance abuse problem. Vist website.

GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing)

Grief Recovery After Substance Passing offers understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose. GRASP meetings allow those who have suffered this kind of loss to find love and connection with each other so no one has to be isolated in their grief and pain. Visit website.

In The Rooms

In The Rooms is the world’s largest, online social network for the global recovery community with over 500,000 members who are willing to share their experience, strength, and hope 24/7 every day. ITR’s mantra is the acronym HITCH (Help, Inform, Touch, Connect, and Heal). ITR is an exceptional tool that complements real-life recovery programs with 115+ live online video meetings weekly (12-Step and other non 12-Step support groups), free smart phone apps, an audio library of speakers, a global meeting finder, daily meditation and affirmations, and much more. ITR has offerings for people already in recovery, those seeking immediate help from any addiction, and their family, friends, and allies. Visit website.

Education, Advocacy, and Other Resources

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and their families, friends and allies, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education, and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. Faces & Voices of Recovery’s website is extensive, and includes personal recovery stories, resources, research, and public policy information. Visit website.

Facing Addiction

Facing Addiction is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. Their mission includes building a national constituency, increasing access to effective prevention, treatment and recovery programs, government advocacy, and widely sharing proof of long-term recovery. Facing Addiction’s vision is to bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction until this public health crisis is eliminated. Visit website.

Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC)

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. HRC’s efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices, and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use to managed use to abstinence, meeting drug users “where they’re at,” and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. HRC’s website includes webinars, articles, trainings, and other resources.
Visit website.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and its consequences. NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction, and apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. The NIDA website features comprehensive information and resources for patients and families, parents, children and teens, educators, and medical and health professionals. Publications cover subjects such as emerging trends, facts about specific drugs, drugs and the brain, statistics, research articles and more. Visit website.

SAMSHA - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

SAMSHA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that was established by Congress in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible. With a mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities, SAMSHA’s website offers a wealth of information and resources, including a treatment locator, data and research results, and articles on a great number of topics. Vist website.

Shatterproof

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Shatterproof offers extensive information about addiction, recovery, treatment, stigma reduction, and prevention as well as blog essays on a variety of topics. The organization is actively involved in advocacy at both the state and federal levels, and their Substance Use Disorder Task Force has drafted eight core concepts of addiction treatment backed by research. Visit website.

Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services [HHS], November 2016) is the first-ever Surgeon General’s report to address substance use disorders and the wider range of health problems and consequences related to alcohol and drug misuse in the United States. Its aim is to galvanize the public, policymakers, and health care systems so that the individual and public health consequences associated with alcohol and drug misuse can be addressed effectively. Visit website.

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)

To Write Love on Her Arms started when the founder and a group of friends decided to help one person. That act of love inspired a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA educates and encourages individuals and communities, and also invests directly into treatment and recovery (the organization has given over $1.5 million since its inception). Their focus is on community, loving and being loved, and recognizing that every life matters. TWLOHA’s website includes information, resources, a blog, and ways to get involved. Visit website.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) - The Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center)

The Partnership Center leads HHS’ efforts to build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations. They have published “The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith-based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities.” Sections include Open Your Doors, Increase Awareness, Build Community Capacity, Rebuild and Restore, Get Ahead of the Problem, Connect and Collaborate, and Federal Resources. Includes vital information and links to many resources that are helfpul to communities, families, and individuals. Visit website.

William White Papers

William L. White has worked full-time in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, researcher, trainer, and consultant. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 articles, monographs, research reports, book chapters and 20 books. A large selection of his work as well as interviews with addiction treatment and recovery leaders can be found at this website. Topics include recovery tools, recovery management and recovery-oriented systems of care, the recovery advocacy movement, and the history of addiction treatment and recovery in the U.S. Visit website.

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