Recovery Resources

This resource page is for links to useful recovery sources.
The How It Works Clubhouse has no affiliation to any of these organizations.

The AA General Service Committee of Eastern Massachusetts

An area is a geographical division within a state or province. A general service conference delegate comes from an area. In Massachusetts there are two areas — the Eastern Mass. Area (Area 30) and the Western Mass. Area (Area 31).

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Alcoholics Anonymous

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.

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Al-Anon and Alateen

Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.

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Adult Children of Alcoholics and Family Dysfunction

Never before in the history of Twelve Step programs has a fellowship brought together such
a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics,
codependents, and addicts of various sorts. The program is Adult Children of Alcoholics.
The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional
homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect. The group
includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs. These ACA
members have the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and abandonment found in
alcoholic homes.

Our 30 years of experience has shown that adult children who attend our meetings, work the
Twelve Steps, and find a Higher Power experience astonishing improvement in body, mind,
and spirit. Ours is one of the few Twelve Step fellowships that embraces the difficult task of
trauma work, which can often lead to an exciting journey to the Inner Child or True Self.
Along with sponsorship, we encourage informed counseling to help the adult child
accomplish the greatest level of emotional healing from an abusive upbringing.

Excerpted from Fellowship Text pp. xii-xiii (2006).

For local meetings visit: ACA Massachusetts Intergroup

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