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Consider these numbers on alcoholism:

  • 1 in 8 people – 12.7% of the population now meets diagnostic criteria for “alcohol use disorder” (According to a recent study by JAMA Psychiatry)

  • And it's even higher – 1 in 4 people  –  for those under age 30


Now, widen beyond drinking:

  • 19.7 million Americans battle substance use disorder (2017: National Survey on Drug Use and Health) 


Now, widen beyond substances:

  • A wide range of people are finding freedom from a range of addictions in 12-step communities such as Workaholics Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and Online Gamers Anonymous just to name a few (see expanded list below)


Now, widen beyond the addict:

  • Generally accepted figures suggest one addict affects at least 4 other people around them, if not more, including family, friends, employers, etc.


Chances are there are people in your community who are actively addicted, in recovery, or affected by someone who is either. Understanding addiction and recovery can help us all make our sacred spaces welcoming and safe for all valuable members of our communities.


General 12-Step/Recovery History

Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Ernest Kurtx

Women Pioneers in 12-Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones, and Joan Ziegler

Let's Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement by William L. White

For Families & Friends

From Survival to Recovery: Growing up in an Alcoholic Home by Al-Anon Family Groups

How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics by Al-Anon Family Groups

Recommended Spiritual Tradition-Specific Resources

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr

A 12-Step Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Jim Harbaugh

100 Blessings Every Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth & Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

Recovery―The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living) by Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Joan Borysenko Ph.D.

Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

The Zen of Recovery by Mel Ash

The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction by Darren Littlejohn

One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin

Yoga and the Twelve-Step Path by Kyczy Hawk

Other Notable

Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol by Ruby Warrington

Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life by Tommy Rosen

Spiritual Rebel: The Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose by Sarah Bowen*

Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power by Marya Hornbacher 

The Dark Side of The Light Chasers by Debbie Ford

First We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Memorable Memoirs

Dry: A Memoir​ by Augusten Burroughs

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Lit: A Memoir (P.S.) by Mary Karr

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison



AA – Alcoholics Anonymous
ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics
Al-Anon Family Groups/Alateen – for friends and families of alcoholics
CA – Cocaine Anonymous
CLA – Clutterers Anonymous
CMA – Crystal Meth Anonymous
Co-Anon – for friends and family of addicts
CoDA – Co-Dependents Anonymous (for people working to end patterns of dysfunctional relationships and develop functional and healthy relationships)
COSLAA – CoSex and Love Addicts Anonymous
COSA – for people whose lives have been affected by another person's compulsive sexual behavior
DA – Debtors Anonymous
EA – Emotions Anonymous, for recovery from mental and emotional illness
FA – Families Anonymous, for relatives and friends of addicts
FA – Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
FAA – Food Addicts Anonymous
GA – Gamblers Anonymous
Gam-Anon/Gam-A-Teen – for friends and family members of problem gamblers
HA – Heroin Anonymous
MA – Marijuana Anonymous
NA – Narcotics Anonymous
Nar-Anon Family Groups – for friends and family members of addicts
NicA – Nicotine Anonymous
OA – Overeaters Anonymous
OLGA – Online Gamers Anonymous
PA – Pills Anonymous, for recovery from prescription pill addiction
RITL – Recovery In The Lifestyle
SA – Sexaholics Anonymous
SAA – Sex Addicts Anonymous
SCA – Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
SIA – Survivors of Incest Anonymous
SLAA – Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
SRA – Sexual Recovery Anonymous
UA – Underearners Anonymous
WA – Workaholics Anonymous


Other recovery programs:


SMART Recovery
Rational Recovery
Women for Sobriety
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Recovery International
Association of Recovering Motorcyclists 
Pagans in Recovery
Refuge Recovery (Buddhist)

Non-abstinence based: 

Moderation Management

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