A variety of support groups are available to the general public and address a wide range of topics. Groups are often free to attend, or request a small donation. They might be in the “12-Step” format, or can also be less structured. Support groups can be a valuable source of information and advice about problems relating to a shared experience.
Alcoholics Anonymous (Southeastern Pennsylvania Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous)
Meetings for young people in the Philadelphia area
YPR: Young People in Recovery
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
Al-Anon Information Service of the Delaware Valley (AISDV)
Alateen Meetings in Our Area
Eastern Pennsylvania listing. The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.
GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing)
Meetings are held all around the country. Pennsylvania locations include Philadelphia, Ambler, Bristol, Indiana, Kingston, Allentown, and Red Lion) >> Visit the website to find a meeting near you.
GRASP was founded to help provide sources of help, compassion and most of all, understanding, for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction.
Life After Loss Workshop
This group serves to assist participants in furthering resolution surrounding loss of all kinds. After 25 years of helping families cope with destructive behaviors, Fran Gerstein, lost her own son in 2014.
This weekly workshop will focus on surviving and thriving, following the loss of a loved one. Feel free to bring a sketchpad or journal (optional) as this group will offer tips for self-expression as a vehicle for healing.
Safe Harbor provides support groups for children, teens, young adults and parents/caregivers that have experienced the death of a loved one. All groups are held at the Abington Health- Schilling Campus, Pennwood Building, 4th floor. Groups are led by trained, experienced facilitators in a caring and supportive atmosphere.