Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of people who grew up in dysfunctional homes. We meet to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives. ACA provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and (iii) become our own loving parents.
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem. It doesn’t cost anything to attend A.A. meetings. There are no age or education requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem. A.A.’s primary purpose is to help alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Alcohol.org is an American Addiction Centers (AAC) resource to help you find the information and support you need as you begin your recovery.
Join the fight against Alzheimer’s by getting involved with your local chapter. Together, we can advance critical care, support and research. Start by finding an Alzheimer’s Association chapter in your community.
American Association of Retired Persons Grief and Loss Information
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.
American Association of Suicidology
Support for family/friends that have lost a loved one to suicide
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) works to prevent, treat, and cure anxiety disorders and depression. ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through the alignment of science, treatment, and education.
Autism Society of America
For 57 years and counting, the Autism Society, including our nationwide network of affiliates, connects people to the resources they need through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming.
Brain Injury Association of America
The Brain Injury Association of America’s nationwide network of chartered state affiliates provide direct support and advocacy for individuals living with brain injury, their friends and family, professionals and the general public.
Caregiver Action Network
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with significant health needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association EIN 52-1780405) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information. Many people seriously misunderstood ADHD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with ADHD were often mistakenly labeled “a behavior problem,” “unmotivated,” or “not intelligent enough.”
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. We gather together to support and share with each other in a journey of self-discovery — learning to love the self. Living the program allows each of us to become increasingly honest with ourselves about our personal histories and our own codependent behaviors. We rely upon the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions for knowledge and wisdom. These are the principles of our program and guides to developing honest and fulfilling relationships with ourselves and others. In CoDA, we each learn to build a bridge to a Higher Power of our own understanding, and we allow others the same privilege. This renewal process is a gift of healing for us. By actively working the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous, we can each realize a new joy, acceptance and serenity in our lives.
CoSex and Love Addicts Anonymous Connecticut
Welcome to COSLAA, Codependents of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. We are a group of relatives, friends, and significant others who have come together to share our experience, strength, and hope so that we may find solutions to our problems in dealing with sex and love addiction in our lives. We believe that sex and love addiction is a family illness, whether it be a family of origin or relationship of choice. By looking at our own attitudes and behaviors, we can find a new way of life that will allow us to be happier. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of COSLAA, defining our own bottom line in dealing with the disease, and developing a relationship with a Power greater than ourselves. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of codependency to a sex and love addict. We remember that coming to a first meeting can be very difficult. We encourage you to attend 4-6 meetings before deciding whether or not this 12 step group will be helpful to you. As stated in our traditions, we are self-supporting through our contributions. We are not affiliated with any other organizations, movements, or causes, and we are neither religious nor secular. Our primary purpose is to reach the family, friends, and significant others who suffer, regardless of sexual or gender orientation. We must protect with special care the anonymity of every COSLAA member and any contact with SLAA members and try to avoid drawing undue attention to COSLAA as a whole from the public media.
Crisis Text Line
Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
Debtors Anonymous offers hope for people whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering. We come to learn that compulsive debting is a spiritual problem with a spiritual solution, and we find relief by working the D.A. recovery program based on the Twelve-Step principles. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt. Even if members are not in debt, they are welcome in D.A. Our Fellowship is supported solely through contributions made by members; there are no dues or fees. Debtors Anonymous is not affiliated with any financial, legal, political, or religious entities, and we avoid controversy by not discussing outside issues. By sharing our experience, strength, and hope, and by carrying the message to those who still suffer, we find joy, clarity, and serenity as we recover together. Debtors Anonymous offers hope for people whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering in their lives and the lives of others.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
Dual Diagnosis Anonymous
Our Mission Statement is our fifth tradition, which states “Each DDA group has one primary purpose – to carry its message of hope and recovery to those who still suffer from the effects of Dual Diagnosis.” Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a fellowship of persons who share their experiences, strengths, weaknesses, feelings, fears, and hopes with one another to resolve our dual diagnosis and/or learn to live at peace with unresolved problems. The only requirement for membership in DDA is a desire to develop healthy, addiction-free lifestyles. Since 1996, we have been serving persons with severe and persistent mental health and/or substance use challenges and their families in Oregon, numerous states, and worldwide. We provide support and fellowship to help overcome and start on the road to recovery from dual diagnosis.
Dual Recovery Anonymous
Our crest reflects the four cornerstones of Dual Recovery Anonymous. They are the cornerstones of our dual recovery. The Center, or heart of the crest represents the innermost part of each of us that has always been perfect – and knows peace and serenity. Vision and Hope – for both personal dual recovery and our growing fellowship to carry our message. Twelve Steps – our plan for dual recovery, reflecting the principles of the Twelve Steps, the experience of others in dual recovery and personal freedom and choice. Meetings and Fellowship – Providing an opportunity to share our recovery from both illnesses in a setting of Emotional Acceptance, Support, and Empowerment (EASE) from within our fellowship. Unity and Service – reminding us that we share an equal partnership in DRA – our personal dual recovery and participation contributes to the recovery of others and to the fellowship as a whole; including sponsorship and the friendships we form in our dual recovery. The outward ‘circles or arms’ of DRA on each side, reflect our recovery from each illness – physical, psychological, social and spiritual. The arms of DRA are encircling and warmly embracing those of us who have joined together in dual recovery.
The EA membership is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally.
Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
The National Federation of Families is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works.
Freedom from Fear
Freedom From Fear is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) mental health advocacy organization that was founded in 1984 by Mary Guardino on Staten Island at 308 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island New York, 10305. Freedom From Fear’s mission is to positively impact the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depression, and related disorders through advocacy, education, research, and community support. On this website you will find comprehensive mental health information and resources.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
About Anxiety and Depression Support. This community is a safe space for those affected by anxiety and depression to talk to others who truly understand. ADAA is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention, treatment, & cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, & research. www.adaa.org offers free educational resources for more than 11 million annual visitors; Find-a-Therapist database; webinars, blog posts, podcasts & videos; support groups, and more. ADAA does not provide psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please note: You may be contacted by one of our administrators to invite you to serve as a volunteer administrator or to share your story. If we do reach out to you, your anonymity is not compromised unless you agree to share personal contact information with us. If you do not wish to engage with us, simply do not respond.
Hospice Foundation of America
Grief and Loss section includes link to find a local hospice office using link from left-hand side of the page; many offices offer grief support groups. National hospice office can be reached by calling 1-800-868-5171.
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation
As part of our mission to raise awareness about OCD and related disorders, increase access to effective treatment, help end stigma, and foster a community, the IOCDF provides resources and programs throughout the year for individuals affected by OCD, their families, and mental health professionals, alike.
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is an international non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically-effective and empirically-based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs.
For more than two decades, MaleSurvivor has helped inform, encourage, and empower thousands of men like you — and their loved ones — to find the strength to take back their lives. We’re excited to provide tools designed to help you learn to live joyfully in the present and work for an even brighter future.
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work.
National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a community of people who support each other in order to recover from compulsive eating and food behaviors. We welcome everyone who feels they have a problem with food
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Postpartum Support International
PSI offers understanding, education, empathy, and resource referrals to parents experiencing a wide range of situations, challenges and roles. In addition to the helpful resources shared below, we have recruited Specialized Coordinators in response to a growing number of requests from families who are eager to connect with someone who truly understands what they are facing.
The mission of Recovery International is to use the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.
S-Anon International Family Groups
S-Anon Family Groups are for those who are hurting in response to the sexual addiction of someone close to them. It does not matter whether that person is a family member, a partner, spouse, child, or someone outside the family like a friend, teacher, or boss. Sexaholism can affect anyone. S-Anon is for people of all sexual orientations, genders, denominations, and races, those in a relationship or not, parents, children, relatives, friends and others whose lives have been affected by another person’s sexual behavior. We have found that attending S-Anon meetings regularly is a vital part of the S-Anon Program. S-Anon groups meet weekly as a way for members to share their experience, strength, and hope. Our meetings are free to attend and are not allied with any particular religion or organization.
Self Mutilators Anonymous
To provide a safe space for individuals who engage in physical self-injury to come together to share experiences, strength, and hope without judgment or criticism. Together, we deepen our understanding of our behaviors and triggers and work within the framework of our program to help ourselves and each other on our path to freedom. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop injuring oneself physically.
Sidran (SID-run) began in 1986 out of a family tragedy when a beloved family member who had been abused in childhood was subsequently diagnosed with serious, debilitating psychiatric problems and a related life-threatening medical disorder. Frustrated in their search for help for the complex needs of their family member at the time, the Sidran family convened professionals from a variety of disciplines, support program representatives, and national organizations to determine how they could best help their own loved one, and others. With each meeting it became apparent that gaps in basic understanding existed in service delivery, continuity of care, public policy, and sound research.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
The SIA World Service Office serves both the many independent SIA support groups around the world, as well as individuals who contact us. We: publish and offer literature for sale; maintain the Directory of Meetings and keep current a list of members; maintain an SIA information phone line; issue quarterly Newsletters and offer speakers for outreach and education opportunities.
Promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Compassionate Friends Grief Support
The words of TCF’s Founder, Simon Stephens, resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty. Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
TLC is a heart-centered organization dedicated to supporting people experiencing BFRBs, their family members, and loved ones.
The Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline personality Disorder
The Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline personality Disorder is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster education and research in the field of personality disorder, specifically but not exclusively Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD); to support research into the causes, psychobiology and treatment of personality disorders; to support and I encourage educational programs and endeavors targeting mental health professionals, consumers of mental health services, families and/or the community at large in order to reduce stigma and increase awareness of personality disorder, to disseminate available information on etiology and treatment and to lawfully advocate for accomplishments of these goals.
Tourette Association of America
Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America (formerly known as the Tourette Syndrome Association) is the only national organization serving the community, and works to raise awareness, advance research, and provide ongoing support to patients and families impacted by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. To this end, the TAA directs a network of 31 Chapters, 83 support groups and recognizes 18 Centers of Excellence across the country. The TAA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Well Spouse Association
The Well Spouse® Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse or partner. We offer peer support and educate health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues “well” spouses face every day.