Self-Help/Recovery Support Groups

Self-help groups, also known as mutual help, mutual aid, or recovery support groups, play a vital role in substance abuse treatment in the United States, and research has shown that active involvement in support groups significantly improves the likelihood of remaining clean and sober. In a self-help group, the members share a common problem, often a common disease or addiction. Self-help groups can occur in a wide variety of forms, from two individuals sharing experience and coping strategies, to small groups gathering in community meeting rooms, to large, incorporated organizations offering information, support and advocacy services. Recovery from alcoholism and addiction…
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The History of Anonymity: An Enduring Safeguard

When Marty Mann first established the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism (NCEA) in 1944, now known as the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was only nine years old and still working its way through the trial and error process that would ultimately lead to the development of the Fellowship's Twelve Traditions, principal among them the concept of anonymity at the public level. Struggling with how AA as a whole might best publicize its life-saving work while maintaining the anonymity of its individual members was one of the most critical issues AA had to…
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Definition of Recovery

Individuals who are “in recovery” know what it means to them and how important it is in their lives. They need no formal definition. But for the general public and those who research, evaluate, and develop policies about addiction, recovery is a concept that can sometimes seem unclear.  Essentially, recovery is a complex and dynamic process encompassing all the positive benefits to physical, mental and social health that can happen when people with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or their family members, get the help they need. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers this definition: “Recovery…
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The Joy of Recovery

Over twenty million people are in recovery from addiction in the United States. This is something to celebrate! When people give up alcohol and drugs they already have something great to enjoy. Yet, the longer they stay sober the more reasons they will have to feel even better about life. Recovery opens up a world of opportunity and once people escape an addiction, they are sure to have some exceptional days ahead of them. At first, some may feel that their lives are over. “I’ll never have fun again,” is a thought that crosses the minds of many newcomers as…
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Information & Referral

Objective Information & Referral is a core service provided by NCADD and our National Network of Affiliates.  For many, NCADD is the first organization they think of to call for help.  For others, they call NCADD after having spoken unsuccessfully to a number of other local services. NCADD Affiliates provide professional guidance and support to individuals and families faced with alcohol and other drug problems, ensuring that those in need have access to appropriate treatment or recocvery support services regardless of age, sex, race, religion, creed or socio-economic status. NCADD’s Information and Referral services provide confidential, one-on-one assessment, on the…
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Recovery Stories

Alcohol Feen to Sobriety Queen

I can remember the first time tasting it and being hooked at 23 years old.  All the feelings of insecurity, doubts and fears after the first taste were all removed. ...

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The Perfect Storm

I was born into fear.  Dad was a violent bully and alcoholic and mom was a victim. When I would escape the house I was tormented in my small town...

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Conquering My Demons

I had been surrounded by alcohol my entire life.  At the age of 14, I had already began drinking hard liquor.  Having high school friends when I was in middle...

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From Park Ave to Park Bench to Serenity

In ten years, by my mid-40's, I went from having a successful law practice in New York, to living on the streets in West Florida. All as a direct result...

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