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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.
Everyone deserves support for their eating concerns, and NEDA wants to connect you with resources that can help in addition to professional help. These free support options offer ways to connect with others and provide tools to promote recovery.
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.
Emotions Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who desire to improve their emotional well-being. EA members come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from any sort of emotional difficulties.
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.
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.
Providing peer support and education about the special challenges and unique issues facing "well" spouses every day. Sharing our stories helps well spouses connect with each other and lessens anxiety.There is comfort in knowing that we are not alone.
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.
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships.
The Co-Anon Family Groups have but one purpose-to help the family members and friends of someone who is addicted to cocaine or other mind-altering substances.
The Life of a Single Mom is committed to seeing no single mom walk alone. TLSM’s desire is to see that every single mom finds a support group that offers them life-giving relationships, networking opportunities, education, and more.
Nicotine Anonymous ("NicA") is a non-profit 12-step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs.
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...
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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