Self-help groups and other types of support services are very important in most people’s recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction. Participants in self-help groups support and encourage one another to become or stay drug and alcohol free. Twelve-step programs are perhaps the best known of the self-help groups. These programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and many other programs.
Members themselves, not treatment facilities, run self-help groups. In many places, self-help groups offer meetings for people with particular needs. Many treatment programs recommend or require attendance at self-help groups. By attending, many people make new friends who help them stay in recovery. The number of meetings required varies by treatment program; many programs require participants to attend 90 meetings in 90 days, as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous recommend. Some treatment programs encourage people to find a sponsor, that is, someone who has been in the group for a while and can offer personal support and advice. There are support groups for family members, too.
Your local Recovery Center can help you to find recovery support services in your area:
|Addison County||Turning Point Center of Addison County||228 Maple Street, Middlebury||(802) 388-4249|
|Bennington County||Turning Point Center of Bennington||465 Main Street, Bennington||(802) 442-9700|
|Chittenden County||Turning Point Center of Chittenden County||191 Bank Street, Burlington||(802) 861-3150|
|Franklin County||Turning Point of Franklin County||182 Lake Street, St. Albans||(802) 782-8454|
|Orleans County||Journey to Recovery Community Center||58 Third Street, Newport||(802) 487-0233|
|Caledonia County||Kingdom Recovery Center||297 Summer Street,
|Rutland County||Turning Point Recovery Center of Rutland||141 State Street, Rutland||(802) 773-6010|
|Washington County||Turning Point Center of Central Vermont||489 Main Street, Barre||(802) 479-7373|
|Windham County||Turning Point of Windham County||112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro||(802) 257-5600|
|Windsor County||Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield||7 Morgan Street, Springfield||(802) 885-4668|
|Windsor County||Upper Valley Turning Point||200 Olcott Drive, White River Junction||(802) 295-5206|
|Lamoille County||North Central Vermont Recovery Center||275 Brooklyn Street, Suite #2, Morrisville||(802) 851-8120|
- The University of Vermont Medical Center: Vermont Support Groups
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Bereavement Support Groups
- Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home & Cremation Services: Grief Support
- The University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center: Bereavement Support Group
For additional support groups serving parents and other family members in your region, contact Vermont 2-1-1.