Addiction is a worldwide problem that affects many different people, their families, and communities. In 2014, about 435,000 Americans ages 12 or older reported currently using heroin, and 4.3 million reported nonmedical use of prescription opioids. Addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease, meaning there is no cure. But addiction can be managed, and people with addiction can, and do, recover.
Treatment using safe and helpful methods provided by trained clinicians can lead to a healthy, positive way of life. This healthy way of life is referred to as recovery. Treatment with a medication along with counseling and other support is often the most effective choice for opioid addiction and part of recovery.
Patient and Family Support Groups
This is not a complete list. Listing here does not mean the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) endorses any of the organizations.
Some support groups are for people with substance use disorders, and others allow families and friends to attend meetings or have separate meetings for them.
Dual Recovery Anonymous 913-991-2703
National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment
National Alliance of Methadone Advocates 212-595-NAMA (6262)
Rational Recovery 530-621-4374
Secular Organizations for Sobriety 323-666-4295
SMART Recovery 866-951-5357
Women for Sobriety, Inc. 215-536-8026
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is the leading professional society representing physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. This our patient and public resource page.