Open Your Doors: Host or Offer Space to Recovery Programs and Support Groups
Finding a supportive community and building strong relationships are essential to ongoing recovery. The process of recovery is supported through relationships and social networks.
Communities can offer to host programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, or other self-help support groups. These programs help those with addiction feel less alone by connecting them to others in recovery. They can also support those receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as part of their recovery.
How to Open Your Doors to Recovery Programs and Support Groups
“Opiate addiction not only promotes isolation, it makes it preferable. Heroin’s isolation needs community response.”
—Sam Quinones – Author of DREAMLAND
“When I meet a Jewish person who is in active addiction, I do not offer them to go synagogue and pray. The first place I'm going to send them is to the appropriate 12-step group.”
- Offer your space for weekly recovery programs and self-help support groups
- Post your recovery program or self-help support group schedule on your community’s boards and publications. List them on United Way’s 211, or Drug Abuse.com, for example. Show your community is supportive and committed to recovery.
- Offer people in need of free transportation to treatment and recovery support programs.
- Create a resource center on your website listing local meetings, and post them on our social media channels. Consider including:
- Local AA, NA or Celebrate Recovery meetings
- Local Al-Anon Meetings and Alateen Meetings
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline (800)-662- HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TTY). Free and confidential/help in English and Spanish 24/7.
- When offering public or congregational prayer, particularly prayers for the sick, pray for people who suffer from addiction/opioid use disorder.