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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