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Self Help Group Terms

Self help groups, also known as support groups, are meetings of people who are struggling with common issues. Their problems may be related to grief, addiction or other emotional distress. It's important to pick a self help group that you can identify with and that has people in similar situations. Here are some of the terms applied for various self help groups:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - A nationwide system of support groups that provide therapy and tools for recovery from alcohol addiction. The group's intention is to provide a sober environment where alcoholics are encouraged to stay sober. AA focuses on the principles of its founders, who developed 12 steps designed to help the mind overcome addiction.
  • Twelve Step - Groups based on the principles of recovery from addiction, which originated in Alcoholics Anonymous. These groups, which function similarly to AA, including Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and many others.
  • Divorce Support - Self help groups composed of members struggling from a recent or current divorce. Group members counsel one another and develop ways of coping with their situations.
  • Grief Support - Counseling groups for people who are struggling with the death of a loved one. With support from other, sufferers of grief can form a new mindset through their struggle.
  • Mental Health Support - Groups composed of members with emotional or other mental disorders such as depression, obsessive compulsion and anxiety. These groups may meet in a professional psychiatric setting, such as a mental hospital or a therapy office. Or, they may be free of professional psychiatric presence altogether.
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    Alcoholics Anonymous
    5908 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
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    (703) 820-4659
     
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    Alcoholics Anonymous
    210 N Madison St, Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 644-2095
    Workbox
    506 Libbie Ave, Richmond, VA 23226
    (804) 716-2844
    One On One Care
    300 Garrisonville Rd Ste 301, Stafford, VA 22554
    (540) 288-1300
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    90 Whitewood Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 973-6388
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    8143 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
    (703) 360-5447
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    7837 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22153
    (703) 913-3547
    Overeaters Anonymous Hotline
    928 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
    (757) 456-1530
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    6397 Little River Tpke, Alexandria, VA 22312
    (703) 658-1477
    Alcoholics Anonymous Northern
    10400 Eaton Pl, Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 293-9753
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    8501 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031
    (800) 208-8649
    Al-Anon Service Center of Northern Virginia Inc
    100 N Washington St Ste 400, Falls Church, VA 22046
    (703) 534-4357
    Saga Adventures Inc
    2808 Pomeroy Rd Se, Washington, DC 20020
    (202) 610-1649
    Woodley House 1406
    1408 N Capitol St Nw, Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 290-1375
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    4530 Connecticut Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 966-9115


    Self help groups are also called support groups. They consist of people who are suffering from the same condition or situation working together for mutual assistance. Group therapy commonly takes place under the leadership of a psychiatrist, but self help groups often work independently. In most cases, they are recommended as an adjunct to counseling, not a substitute. Some groups are also designed, rather than to address a specific problem, to improve self esteem and develop the mind. Most consist of people recovering from a mental health problem or an addiction. Alcoholics in particular benefit from self help groups. Programs also exist for individuals in drug rehabilitation and for those with emotional disorder. In addition to treating problems of the mind, self help groups may exist to provide counseling and support for life problems. Divorce groups are common, as are bereavement groups. Grief is a problem that often benefits from group support. In addition, groups exist for victims and survivors of diseases, especially cancer. Many groups are gender specific, given the different problems faced by men and women. Survivors of sexual abuse in particular often prefer same sex environments. Depression and anxiety support groups are also common. Support groups provide a caring environment. They help their members develop coping and empowerment techniques. They are sometimes formal, attached to hospitals and clinics, or informal. In many cases, they are entirely organized by their members. They are an important part of preserving and improving the mental health of individuals in difficult situations. In addition, they are proven to be useful in treating addiction.
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