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Many people who survive a suicide attempt begin to see challenges in a new light, and realize that there are people available to support them. You don’t need to have all of the answers to heal from this experience. There is a way through. Find a grou
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. Visit Divorcecare.org today!
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is ,multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. Please visit the website at AA.org to find out more and to find a meeting near you!
Through our nationwide system of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, APDA uniquely delivers education, support, and patient services to Americans with Parkinson’s and their families each day.
Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of another. We understand as perhaps few can. We are familiar with worry and sleepless nights and promises made only to be broken.
Heroin Anonymous (HA) is a fellowship of men and women who have found a better way of life, free from heroin addiction. Our fellowship is based on a twelve-step program of recovery—and if you wish to join us, we are here to share what we have found.
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.
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.
Participating in peer support is often a crucial element to healing and recovery from BFRBs. There is nothing like being able to share with others who understand what you are going through.
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 lives.
Alateen 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.
The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled the unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity & peace of mind.
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A Message From IDeserveGoodDays.org
It is truly amazing how many different types of groups there are across the country. Groups for people who are divorced, single parents, addicts, survivors of abuse, survivors of sickness, depression, grief, etc. Many of them are twelve step programs based on the success of the structure of Alcoholics Anonymous. For many people, a structured group environment best nurtures and promotes positive and sustained progress from whatever issue the individual is having. Each group is different in their own way. Some are larger/smaller, made up of more women or men, older/younger, etc. For this reason, if you make the leap and join a group and it just doesn't feel right, try not to lose hope. Instead, visit a group at a different location or even a different type of group.
One of the benefits of group meetings is the repetitiveness and regularity of them. So many factors in life are beyond our control, but making the meeting a priority can be within your control. It is your time to decompress, to share with others your feelings, and to be part of a small community. Taking time out for the meetings is a way to occupy our minds with something healthy and productive, when it otherwise might be preoccupied with our mental health issues.
Another reason groups can be good is because they are a form of service. No matter how much or little you contribute, your individual presence at meetings has a significant impact on the others who show up weekly. It is a harmonious relationship that members have with their groups. The sharing that we do is a regular source of service that you provide others and they provide you and it is a strong motivator for staying part of a good group.
You'll also learn more about yourself and what makes you tick, similar to therapy. The readings of the group and sharing that follows them are regular opportunities to learn from others and spot something in their stories that is also in your story. And no matter how many times you go over the material, as life progresses and you have different experiences, you will regularly apply the material to your life.
And finally, one of the absolute best reasons to try a group and see if it works for you...It's Free!
The Research points to the fact that twelve step programs can be extramely effective at improving mental health
AA skeptics were confident that by putting AA up against the best professional psychotherapies in a highly rigorous study, Project MATCH would prove beyond doubt that the 12-steps were mumbo jumbo. The skeptics were humbled: Twelve-step facilitation was as effective as the best psychotherapies professionals had developed.
After ten months of participation in a patient-led, professionally supervised social network enhancement group, one-half as many former psychiatric inpatients (N=40) required rehospitalization as did non-participants (N=40). Participants in the patient-led network also had much shorter average hospital stays (7 days vs. 25 days). Furthermore, a higher percentage of members than non-members could function with no contact with the mental health system (53% vs. 23%).
This study found that 82% of 129 members of the Manic Depressive and Depressive Association reported coping better with their illness since joining the self-help group. The longer they were members and the more intensely they were involved with the group, the more their coping had improved. Further, the percentage of members reporting being admitted to a psychiatric hospital before joining the group was 82%, but the percentage reporting hospital admission after joining was only 33%.
Highly involved members of Recovery, Inc. (N=393, mostly female and married), a self-help group for former mental patients, reported no more anxiety about their health than did the general population. Members who had participated for two years or more had the lowest levels of worry and the highest levels of satisfaction with their health. Members also rated their life satisfaction levels as high or higher than did the general public.
Nevertheless, individuals who initially sought help from AA... had 45% lower alcohol-related health care costs over a 3-year period