There are several support groups for individuals in our community that are concerned with their drug or alcohol use. The following organizations are all free to attend, meet weekly, and organized as Twelve-Step Mutual Help Organizations (TSMHO). Since 1935, with the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous, many millions of people have found relief from their drug or alcohol use with the help of these programs. They are each described below. Check them out!
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking. The AA program of recovery is set forth in the Twelve Steps.
AA was founded in Akron, Ohio when in 1935 one alcoholic, Bill Wilson, talked to another alcoholic, Bob Smith, about the nature of alcoholism and a possible solution. With the help of other early members, the book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism was written in 1939. Its title became the name of the organization and is now usually referred to as “The Big Book”. AA’s initial Twelve Traditions were introduced in 1946 to help the fellowship be stable and unified while disengaged from “outside issues” and influences.
The Traditions recommend that members remain anonymous in public media, altruistically help other alcoholics, and that AA groups avoid official affiliations with other organizations. They also advise against dogma and coercive hierarchies. Subsequent fellowships such as Narcotics Anonymous have adapted the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions to their respective primary purposes.
AA membership has since spread internationally “across diverse cultures holding different beliefs and values”, including geopolitical areas resistant to grassroots movements. Close to two million people worldwide are estimated to be members of AA as of 2016.
Local Alcoholics Anonymous
There is a strong fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in our area.
There are over 47 weekly meetings in the region comprised of District 51.
They have meetings in Northwest Pennsylvania communities of Albion, Conneaut Lake, Spartansburg, Corry, Edinboro, Greenville, Conneautville, Linesville, Meadville, Mercer, Saegertown, Cambridge Springs, Jamestown, and Titusville.
Regional Alcoholics Anonymous
Anonymous Anonymous is a new Twelve Step Mutual Help Organization (TSMHO) that was launched right here in Meadville in January-2020.
It is a twelve-step program for everyone!
The only requirement for membership is a desire to be your best self…
Anonymous Anonymous meets EVERY Wednesday at 6p in the Assembly Hall, Meadville Medical Center, 1034 Grove Stree, Meadville PA 16335.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) describes itself as a “nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem”.
Narcotics Anonymous uses a traditional 12-step model that has been expanded and developed for people with varied substance abuse issues and is the second-largest 12-step organization.
As of May 2018 there were more than 70,000 NA meetings in 144 countries.
Learn more about Narcotics Anonymous here.
Local Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous has a vibrant local recovery community. There are meetings every night of the week in Meadville and Erie. There are weekly meetings in many other northwest Pennsylvania communities. Learn more at NWPANA.org below.
Regional Narcotics Anonymous
National Narcotics Anonymous
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.