Millions of people suffer from at least one compulsive behavior. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that are an obsession. The behaviors temporarily numb or reduce a person’s distress and are repeated. The behaviors can become debilitating or even dangerous. Everyday activities that can develop into compulsions include alcohol, prescription pills, shopping, eating, exercise, gambling, sex, and anger.
Adult Children of Alcoholics offers a program for recovery for those who grew up in dysfunctional homes and is a safe place to grieve childhood and heal from the trauma. To find a meeting near you, visit https://www.adultchildren.org/.
Al-Anon offers support and fellowship for friends and families of alcoholics. To find a meeting near you, visit al-anon.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping alcoholics recover for more than 80 years. All the 12-step programs listed here are based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. If your drinking is out of control, A.A. can help. To find a meeting near you, visit aa.org.
Anorexia Bulimia Anonymous offers a program for recovery from anorexia and bulimia using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA (Overeaters Anonymous). Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength, and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions. To find a meeting near you, visit aba12steps.org.
Codependents Anonymous offers support and fellowship for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Living in the program allows you to become increasingly honest about personal histories and codependent behaviors. To find a meeting near you, visit coda.org.
Debtors Anonymous offers hope for people whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering. We learn that compulsive debiting is a spiritual problem with a spiritual solution, and we find relief by working in the D.A. recovery program. To find a meeting near you, visit debtorsanonymous.org.
Financial help for Recovery Addicts offers skills necessary for anyone struggling with financial stress or financial anxiety. To get the help you need, visit annuity.org
Gambling Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. To find a meeting near you, visit gamblersanonymous.org.
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program for recovery from compulsive overeating. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength, and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. To find a meeting near you, visit oa.org.
Underearners Anonymous offers a program for recovery of people who have come together to help themselves and one another recover from underearning. Underearning is many things, not all of which are about money. While the most visible consequence is the inability to provide for one’s needs, including future ones, underearning is also about acknowledging and expressing our capabilities and competencies fully. It is about underachieving or under-being, no matter how much money we make. To find a meeting near you, visit underearnersanonymous.org.
Sex Addiction Anonymous offers a program of recovery to stop addictive sexual behavior and to help others from sexual addiction. To find a meeting near you, visit saa-recovery.org
Sex and Love Addiction Anonymous or S.L.A.A is a program for anyone who suffers from an addictive compulsion to engage in or avoid sex, love, or emotional attachment. To find a meeting near you, visit slaafws.org
Violence Anonymous is a program for people who, through shared experience, strength, hope, and honesty, are recovering from violent behavior. To find a meeting near you, visit violenceanonymous.org