Welcome to my community education page where you’ll find a number of downloadable information resources on Relationships and Communication. This material is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the assessment and treatment of an appropriately licensed mental health professional.
12-Step Group Tips
Many of my clients find Twelve Step (Self-Help) Groups an important part of their recovery. While I cannot endorse any Twelve Step groups, I recognize these groups can be an important resource for my clients. Self-Help groups offer experience, strength, hope and the support of a group and community education. These self-help groups are peer run, and self-educated. Therefore, the quality of a group can vary from organization to organization or even meeting to meeting. Here are 8 tips to help you get started:
- Go to six to ten meetings before you make a decision to continue or stop.
- If possible, go to as many different meetings at different times and locations as you can. This might not be possible for smaller organizations. But, for larger organization like AA or OA, you will find a wide choice of meetings that attract like-minded people. Find a group you can enjoy.
- Find a sponsor who has been successful at their program for at least 3-5 years.
- Ask your sponsor to invite you to a home group. Home groups are not public groups. Home groups are private, smaller invitation-only groups where the conversation can discuss topics more intimately than in public meetings.
- Get involved. Volunteer to help out at the meetings to get to know people there.
- Consider the source. Not everything you hear in a 12-Step Group is gospel. Ask yourself, is this person providing me with information based on their success in the program? Or, is this information coming from someone who is still struggling with their own problems? Remember, people you meet will be in various stages of recovery, or even denial, about their problems. Stick with the winners, especially in the beginning of your own recovery.
- Carefully research any medical advice you hear from laypeople in 12-step meetings. If you have concerns about the use of medications, speak to a physician who specializes in addiction.
- Avoid dual relationships, especially early in recovery. It’s fine to get emotional support from sponsors and your 12-Step friends. But avoid romantic entanglements or business relationships with your 12-Step colleagues, especially in the first 2-3 years of your recovery.
For more information about the 12-Step Groups listed on this page, contact the National Group or the local chapter using the URL provided. You will generally find these groups most welcoming and willing to answer your questions about their activities.
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Codependency (Alcohol & Drugs)
Codependency (Sex Addiction)
Cocaine Anonymous National
Cocaine Anonymous Portland Oregon & Southwest Washington
Crystal Meth Anonymous National
Marijuana Anonymous National
Marijuana Anonymous Portland Oregon
Narcotics Anonymous National
Narcotics Anonymous Portland Oregon
Sex Addicts Anonymous National
Sex Addicts Anonymous Portland Oregon
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous National
Sexaholics Anonymous National
Sexaholics Anonymous Portland Oregon
Sexual Recovery Anonymous National