Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
Meetings in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and five foreign countries. Marijuana Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship that addresses the common problem of marijuana addiction. There are face-to-face and online meetings. There are four online meetings per week and one additional meeting that is an online, voice chat meeting. Information available from the web site and the General Service Office. MA can be reached at: Marijuana Anonymous World Services, P.O. Box 2912,Van Nuys, CA 91404, 1-800-766-6779. More information at www.marijuana-anonymous.org.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
International. 30,000+ groups. Founded 1953. A fellowship of men and women who come together for the purpose of sharing their recovery from drug abuse. There are no dues, fees, or registration requirements. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using drugs. Uses 12 Step program adapted from AA. Information is available in several languages, on audio tapes and in Braille. Contact: NA, P.O. Box 9999, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Call (818)773 9999; FAX: (818)700 0700. More information at http://www.na.org. Anyone who abuses alcohol or other drugs is welcome in NA. In general, the NA membership is younger and more diverse than is AA, but otherwise the same guidelines apply to NA as to AA in making referrals.
Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
Internet only. The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous was formed to serve all online AA Groups in the rapidly growing online Fellowship. It offers links to international sites in several languages and sponsors real time meetings, email meetings, events calendar, information and links to other sites and groups. More information at http://aa-intergroup.org/. Membership in the Intergroup is open to all online AA groups and all AA members. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (S.O.S.)
International. c. 750 groups. Founded (as Secular Sobriety Groups) in 1985. “Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS) is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non professional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. SOS takes a self empowerment approach to recovery and maintains sobriety is a separate issue from all else.” More information at http://www.cfiwest.org/sos/. Contact Jim Christopher, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027 (323) 666-4295.; E-mail: SOS@CFIWest.org. Alcoholics who have difficulty with the spirituality or “religion” of Alcoholics Anonymous.
International. More than 300 face to face meetings and 13+ online meetings per week. SmartRecovery split off from Rational Recovery (A.V.R.T.) in 1994. “SMART Recovery is an abstinence based, not for profit organization offering a self help program for people having problems with drinking and using. No one will label you an “alcoholic” or an addict. You are neither diseased nor powerless, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. We teach common sense self help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle.” Contact: SMART Recovery, 7537 Mentor Avenue, Suite #306, Mentor, Ohio 44060, Toll-Free:866 951 5357 or 440 951 5357; FAX: 440 951 5358. More information at http://www.smartrecovery.org/. Those who have difficulty with “spirituality” who might benefit from a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy approach.
“12-step support groups combined with ‘Virtual Fellowship’ and recovery management tools make “The Daily Pledge” is a safe, anonymous recovery environment for those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction and their family members. The site contains “bulletin boards and chat rooms where you can get support when you need it, and offer your own support to those who can benefit from it. They offer virtual meetings on a regular basis. . . .” The site also offers reading material and lists local meetings. More information at http://thedailypledge.org/.
Women for Sobriety
National. Founded 1976. c. 200 groups. Contact: WFS, Inc., P.O. Box 618, Quakertown, PA 18951 0618, Phone: (215) 536 8026, Fax: (215) 538 9026; Web: http://www.womenforsobriety.org/. This website also offers an e-mail link. “Based upon a Thirteen Statement Program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth, the ‘New Life’ Program has been extremely effective in helping women to overcome their alcoholism and learn a wholly new lifestyle.” Many online groups.
Alcohol Abuse Amongst The Elderly
The National Council for Aging Care is trying to raise awareness of the danger of Alcohol Abuse in the Elderly. For more information on this important topic – please click the link below to read their complete guide.