Chemical Dependency Resources
Once you have completed your rehabilitation program at one of our drug and alcohol treatment centers, you should try to surround yourself with people who can encourage you to stay sober. Many people find that support groups are the best source of encouragement. You can find hundreds of support groups and meetings in your community. Our drug addiction treatment centers stress the importance of personal chemical dependency resources, especially when you are new to sobriety. Below are various addiction and mental health resources for people in recovery who want additional support.
Personal Resources for Addicts in Recovery
If you’re struggling in addiction recovery, here are a few tips to follow:
- Speak with your doctor, counselor, or another healthcare provider.
- Search the online directories for a list of local support groups and activities.
- Speak with local or national groups (see a few below) who are devoted to helping people get past addictions and staying sober.
Once you find a support group, you don't have to feel tied to it. If that group doesn't seem to meet your particular needs, it’s okay to look for another group. Sometimes, it takes a few attempts before you find a group that feels right. Below is an addiction resource guide that includes support groups and other tools you can utilize during recovery.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
A voluntary program concerned with helping alcoholics with recovery and continued sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 12-Step Recovery Program is a free treatment program for people suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction. AA program participants follow a set of recovery steps to achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol. Many people use a sponsor to help them through the process. Participating in AA meetings can tremendously help your recovery efforts.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership.A global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership.
NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today. NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, and it is the desire to stop using.
There are no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, and no promises to make to anyone. Anyone may join regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
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.“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for a Gamblers Anonymous membership; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. GA does not wish to engage in any controversy, and neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Their primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.”
Christian Addiction Recovery Resources
Our substance abuse services aren’t limited to specific programs, but rather we believe in the importance of incorporating faith-based programs to promote spiritual healing, like our Faith in Recovery program. With that said, below are some faith-based addiction recovery resources that could help you in your spiritual healing from addiction:
- Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
- Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
- Christian Families in Recovery: A Guide for Addiction, Recovery, and Intervention Using God’s Tools of Redemption by Robert and Stephanie Tucker
- Club New Life Christian Ministry for Addiction and Recovery
- Lost & Found: Recovery in Christ by Bruce Stanley
- Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind Field by Anthony Acampora, Director of Banyan’s Faith in Recovery Program
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Mental Health Resources for Recovery
Banyan Treatment Centers consist of both mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, meaning we offer mental health resources as well as chemical dependency resources. What’s more, addiction often co-occurs with mental illness, making these resources ever more important. Below are some resources for mental health recovery that can help you or your loved one:
- No Kidding, Me 2!! with Joe Pantoliano
- Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Barry McDonagh
- Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
- Pleasure Unwoven: An Explanation of the Brain Disease of Addiction by Kevin McCauley
- This Emotional Life video series
Active-Duty Military and Veterans Addiction & Mental Health Resources
By contacting your branch of the military, you’ll be able to discover individual and group mental health and chemical dependency resources. Being open with your leaders can help you find treatment and continue your career. In addition to local or branch resources, Banyan Treatment Centers is also sharing the resources below:
US Department of Veterans Affairs: As the biggest integrated health care system in the nation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help you find mental health and addiction recovery resources. In some cases, active-duty members can access VA facilities for emergencies.
Phone Number: 1-844-698-2311
Military Crisis Line: This hotline includes text-messaging service and online chatting to provide free support for all service members whether or not they’re registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care. This hotline was created in the case of a crisis involving a military member. This is a fully confidential, 24-hour line for service members and their loved ones.
Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255
The Real Warriors Campaign: This organization aims to raise awareness about mental illness among military personnel and encourages veterans and active service members to reach out for help.
Phone Number: 1-866-966-1020
Active-Duty & Veterans in Recovery Program: With all kinds of mental health treatment options, including depression and trauma recovery treatment, BHOPB specializes in caring for substance use disorders, mental health, and co-occurring disorders at our military rehab in Florida.
Phone Number: 1-888-515-7705
For more information about our mental health programs or substance abuse services, contact Banyan today.