WAAT: Women's Association for Addiction Treatment

Self-Help Groups (Addiction)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Recovery from alcohol addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
Recovery from cocaine addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

Crystal Meth Anonymous
Recovery from crystal meth addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

Dual Recovery Anonymous
Recovery from joint chemical dependence & emotional/psychiatric illness through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

Marijuana Anonymous
Recovery from marijuana addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Recovery from drug addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

SMART Recovery®
4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, & actions.

Al-Anon Family Groups
Helps family and friends recover from the effects of someone else's drinking through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

Helps family and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.

Gamblers Anonymous
Contains information about the fellowship support group and its programs for compulsive gamblers.

Debtors Anonymous
Helps people recover from debt through compulsive shopping, under-earning or unsecured credit card debt.

Peer Support (Mental Health)

Crisis Alternatives

National Empowerment Center
Directory of peer-run crisis alternatives. Non-medical alternative programs offer a comfortable, non-judgmental environment in which to process stresses as well as explore new options.

Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Search for support groups by state, name or support topic.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Map-based search and online support groups. The Balanced Mind Parent Network offers over a variety of online groups that connect parents in a supportive, informative environment.

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
Click "I want to ... Find a local support group" to obtain a PDF listing of support groups by State.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Search by state or internationally to find ADHD professionals, local support groups, and Parent to Parent Certified Teachers.

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
NEDA hosts several weekly support groups at its office in New York City. All groups are free; however, participants must register to attend. Contact the Helpline Supervisor for more information: supportgroups@myneda.org. NEDA also maintains a volunteer Loss Support Network

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

International OCD Foundation
Use map-based search or search a list of support groups.

Mental Health Consumer Assistance

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
The nation's first national consumer technical assistance center for those who receive or have received mental health services.

National Empowerment Center

Consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization provides information supporting recovery & empowerment for those with mental health issues.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Promotes awareness of anxiety, depression, & related disorders; works to reduce associated stigma. Locate a therapist.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Peer-directed national organization. Locate a support group. Peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
Provides information, resources & networking opportunities for adults with ADHD & professionals. Locate specialists & support groups.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Non-profit organization advocates for people with ADHD; education on research, medication & treatment. Find support groups.

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

Non-profit organization supports those affected by eating disorders. Information & Referral Helpline 1-800-931-2237, M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST.

Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center (BPDRC)
Non-profit organization at Cornell Medical College helps those with BPD find current & accurate information on BPD & treatment sources.

International OCD Foundation
Non-profit organization for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & related disorders, families, & professionals. Find treatment.
Consumer Advocates

Mental Health America (MHA)
Addresses full spectrum of mental & substance use conditions; works to inform, advocate & enable access to quality behavioral health services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Grassroots organization advocating for access to services, treatment, & research to improve the lives of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA)
Organization for medication-assisted treatment patients and health care professionals that are supporters of quality opiate agonist treatment.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACA)
Raises public awareness; provides leadership in public policy; advocates for appropriate, effective & accessible education & prevention services.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
Voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting alcoholism and drug addiction.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
Public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the problem of inhalant use. Inhalant referral and information clearinghouse.

DUI Foundation
Education about the life-altering effects drinking and driving can have.

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disabilities.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Unites scientists, parents, & communications professionals to help parents prevent, intervene in, & find treatment for child substance abuse.

Member Spotlight

Joni Lavick, MFT

Joni Lavick, MFT, maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, is a long-standing employee at The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - currently as clinical supervisor and past Director of Mental Health Services - and is a contracted provider at Moonview Sanctuary.

Joni has been working with HIV-positive individuals since 1988. In 2005 she received a National HIV Leadership Award from thebody.com. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapists Association honored her expertise and advocacy in 2000, with their Annual Community Service Award.

In addition to her work within the HIV community, she has special training in the scoring and administration of Mary Main's Adult Attachment Interview, and studied Intersubjective Systems Theory with Robert Stolorow for five years. She has years of experience treating individuals with sexual compulsivity and methamphetamine addiction.

Her most current publications include "Trauma and HIV: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives" (in press) and "Conquering Anxiety; Living with HIV" BETA Winter 2007. An experienced public speaker, she has presented at many national conferences, University classrooms, and Community Based Organizations.

"I came for the networking, but stayed for the humor! Women of WAAT are hilarious!"