12 Step Recovery Programs

Twelve-step programs have long been an important part of the recovery process and the basis for many recovery programs. Developed over 80 years ago by a small group of alcoholics, the AA program provides simple tools for living based on a set of spiritual principles and a reliance on the fellowship of men and women who share their experience and offer support as part of a lifelong process of recovery. This approach has since been adapted for the treatment of many other addictions, and now includes other self-supporting fellowships such as CA and NA.


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)  (aa.org)
A twelve-step program for people in recovery from alcohol abuse. The site provides an online list of central offices and groups in the U.S. and Canada, meeting contact information, a description of the 12-steps and traditions, a listing of AA literature and a bulletin board.
Some drug addicts prefer AA to NA or CA.

Narcotics Anonymous World Services (NA)  (na.org)
This twelve-step recovery program from addiction to drugs is based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model. The site provides basic information on the program and NA literature. Wse Find a Meeting and Local Phonelines and Websites to locate find registered NA meetings in the US and 35 countries worldwide.


12step.org  (12step.org)
The site provides information, tools and resources for working a 12 Step recovery program. It gives you worksheets that help you write things down about your thoughts and beliefs, past behaviors and things that happened to you to make it easier to complete the steps. They also explain each step and have a forum conversation on each one. There is a Newcomers Guide with tips, videos about what science knows about addiction, and an online meeting finder.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 12 Step Programs for the Deaf  

Lists TTY equipped 12 Step offices available and other AA offices that rely on relay service for interaction with the Deaf. Information about ASL-interpreted AA meetings can usually be provided by local AA central or intergroup offices listed in the phone book. If there is no local AA office, the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office keeps an updated list of over 580 United States and
Canadian AA central offices.

All Addictions Anonymous  (alladdictionsanonymous.org/)
All Addictions Anonymous focuses solely on the 12 step program and how to work the steps. They allow only brief personal sharing about "war stories" in order to illustrate patterns of addiction and do not explore psychological issues. The program connects suffering addicts to recovered addicts who guide newcomers through a personalized one- on-one study of the original 12 step program described in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is open to people with any addiction. Go to the Contact Us section and leave a confidential message on their 24 hour pager: 416-468-8603 or send an email. You will be contacted and connected with someone in your area or arrangements will be made to get you help by phone.

Big Book Sponsorship  (bigbooksponsorship.org)
The purpose of this site is to show people recovering from all addictions precisely how to recover using the Big Book of A.A. It provides information about the original A.A. Program that produced recovery rates that were 50-75% successful and information resources on who, where, why, what and how to use the Big Book and its methodology for facilitating spiritual experiences that enable the addict to recover. The site helps connect people with Big Book sponsors who practice the original program format.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)  (ca.org)
This twelve-step program is for people in recovery from cocaine and other drugs. The site describes the twelve-steps and traditions and provides a self-test, a meeting starter kit and CA literature. Under "Local Phones & Links", referral phone numbers are listed by state in the US, with contact numbers provided for Canada, the UK and the Netherlands as well. To participate in online meetings click on "Online, all locations" at the end of the referral list.

CrystalMeth Anonymous (CMA)  (crystalmeth.org/index.php)
This twelve-step program is for people in recovery from crystalmeth amphetamine and other related drugs. Based on the twelve-step model, the web site includes basic information on the CMA fellowship, the Twelve Traditions, CMA meeting schedules and information on how to start a meeting.

Marijuana Anonymous World Services  (marijuana-anonymous.org)
Marijuana Anonymous uses the basic 12-step recovery program founded by Alcoholics Anonymous.  Their web site covers the 12-steps and the 12-traditions, online pamphlets on various aspects of marijuana addiction, a meeting directory by geographic area and a list of online meetings.

Nicotine Anonymous  (nicotine-anonymous.org)
Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship program based on the recovery program of  Alcoholics Anonymous.   Their web site has a meeting locator by state or country and online information in English and five other languages.

Pills Anonymous  (pillsanonymous.com)
This web site is geared to the needs of those recovering from prescription drug addiction. It discusses the 12 step traditions and provides sample stories and a meeting locator. Free online recovery guides and manuals are available.
Recoveries Anonymous  (r-a.org)
Recoveries Anonymous (RA) is a recovery fellowship that uses the 12 steps for a "Solution Focused Program of Recovery." It welcomes anyone with any kind of problem or self-destructive behavior including family and friends and those who are looking for spiritual growth. The goal of RA is to "restore one's sanity", not simply to remain abstinent. Their web site provides background information on their approach as well as a meeting locator and information on how to start a group. Free online recovery guides are available and downloadable PDF versions of RA's solution focused books (small contribution is requested).

Recovery Zone  (recoveryzone.org)
This site on 12 step recovery presents both the complete audio version (in streaming audio) and text version of the original book "Alcoholics Anonymous" book written in 1939, the basis of all the 12-step programs.

Updated October 21, 2019