Currently I have two lists in this post, one of self-help and support groups and one of treatment centers. If you continue through the thread you will find more information on legal resources and housing, among other things.
Support groups and self-help meetings
Here's a list of support groups and self-help meetings that meet throughout the U.S. Many meet in other countries also. Some cover only a small geographic area, thus the need to list so many. I understand that this list is, at best, cumbersome and at worse a big pain! In addition to accessing the resources here, please contact RAINN 1-800-656-HOPE or search their website http://centers.rainn.org for local resources, and look through your state's page on Pandy's, along with Pandy's link's section.
***This is a work in progress!!!***
Most RCC's offer group support for survivors, and many hospitals and clinics have free or low cost support groups! There are also a lot of resources on http://www.meetup.com
Child Abuse, Dysfunctional Families, and Sexual Assault Survivor Support
Provides 12 step support to family and friends of alcoholics
Similiar to Alanon except for family and friends of drug addicts.
Adult Children of Alcoholics
12 step meetings for adult children of alcoholics or from dysfunctional backgrounds
Meetings for people affected by a family members substance abuse or behavioral issues
The Silver Braid
12 Step Meetings and Support Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Rape, and Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Abuse Survivors Anonymous
12 step meeting for abuse survivors
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
Modified 12 step based meetings for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Incest Survivors Anonymous
12 step meetings for adult survivors of sexual abuse
Rape Survivors Anonymous
12 step meetings for Rape and Assault Survivors
Sex Industry Survivors Anonymous
12 step meeting for survivors of the sex industry
Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Structured Groups for all survivors of abuse
Diagnosis or Issue Specific Support
Bible based Christian groups, often focused on a variety of topics such as survivors, depression, substance abuse, or weight loss
Smaller member run support groups for all mental illnesses and emotional distress
Support and Skills Training Groups for all mental illnesses and people who may not be diagnosed but are having personal difficulties
Depression and Bipolar Alliance
Support groups for people struggling with mood disorders
Support and guidance for people with mental illnesses and their families
12 Step meetings for people overwhelmed by their negative emotional states
12 step meetings for people with symptoms of codependancy (many survivors display many of these symptoms)
Recovering Couples Anonymous
12 step meetings for couples combatting dysfunctional relationships
Self-help groups designed around the DBT treatment model (not yet running- in developement stage)
Depression and Bipolar Disorder Alliance
Support groups for people with depression, bipolar, and related disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous
12 Step Support for OCD
Provides referal to support groups for OCD and related disorders
12 Step for smokers!
Addictive and addictive-like behaviors
12 step meetings for compulsive gamblers
12 Step meetings for people with chronic suicidal thoughts
12 step meeting for hoarders/clutters
12 step meeting for, well, ANYTHING!
12 Step Group for compulsive shoppers/spenders
12 Step meetings for self-injurers
Sexual Compulsion and Related Issues
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
12 step meeting for people addicted to sex and love
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
12 step meeting for people who are sexual compulsive
12 Step meetings for people addicted to sex
Sex Addicts Anonymous
12 Step meetings fo sex addicts
Eating Disorders, and Body/Food Issues
Professional Facilitated support groups offering support and guidances for eating disorders and related issues.
A 12 Step Group for dealing with compulsive overeating and related issues. Most groups also offer support for bulimia, and many accept members dealing with anorexia, especially anorexia compounded by bouts of binge eating
Eating Disorders Anonymous
A 12 Step Group for people battling all eating disorders.
Eating Addictions Anonymous
A 12 Step group for people with all forms and all severities of eating disorders, food issues, and body image issues.
Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous
A 12 Step Grou for Anorexics and Bulimics
Food Addicts Anonymous
A 12 step group helping people who are addicted to food
TOPS Clubs (Take off pounds sensibly)
Low cost weight loss support groups. Requires a doctor referral!!!
Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency
Women for Sobriety
Unique women-only support groups for women in recovery from various addictions. Also offers men only groups.
12 step meetings for alcoholism. Some meetings also treat other chemical dependency issues, especially in rural areas without other meetings!
12 step group for drug addiction
Non 12 step recovery group for people battling addictions
Non 12 step recovery alternative to 12 step groups
Dual Recovery Anonymous
A 12 step group for people dually diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health disorders. IE: someone battling alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder.
12 step meetings for cocaine addicts
12 step meetings for recovering heroine addicts utalising methadone to maintain their recovery.
12 step meetings for marijuana addiction
Chemical Dependents Anonymous
12 step meetings that address addiction as a "whole person" issue
Chrystal Meth Anonymous
12 step meetings for chrystal meth addicts
Facilities Offering Residential/Hospital care
Please note: Some programs on this list may not provide traditional psychotherapy. Some programs on this list may employ controversial or dangerous techniques. Please research any program thoroughly before attending. If you are a immediate danger to yourself or others please call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call 1-800-SUICIDE.
Different Programs take different approaches to treatment. Some of these programs treat trauma related disorders on a seperate unit, some do not. Most offer a "tract" for trauma or an array of trauma specific groups. I have only attended ONE PROGRAM on this ENTIRE LIST. I am not in contact with any of these programs. I know little or nothing about the majority of the programs. Some programs offer treatment the children and adolescents and some treat only adults.
You probably have local programs that offer very good treatment. A local program may be able to provide you with care on an outpatient basis. Just because a program is not on my list does not mean it is not a good program and it will not benifit you. Just because a program IS on my list does not mean it is the right program for you.
Do not be afraid to access publicly funded programs like state hospital programs or medicaid funded programs. Although these will not be the ritz they still must provide you with necessary treatment and create a safe environment.
Free, Sliding Scale, Low Cost, or Financial Assistance Programs
I am very interested in expanding this list- PLEASE contact me if you have any information regarding free or low cost residential programs and/or finacial assistance programs.
These programs are typical ran, at least partially, on donations. Most would welcome donation of money and/or supplies- please contact the individual program for more information.
***These programs may or may not provide trauma specific treatment. Many have waiting lists or do not accept people with more severe pathology.
(these organisations may or may not be able to assist you in recieving outpatient or inpatient treatment)
To Write Love on Her Arms
For Teens and Adults- Secular based
GROW Residential Center
The Eating Disorder Research Unit
New York, NY
Emma Center (as of the date this was last edited this program was not yet running)
For Adults and Teens- Spiritual and Religious based
El Roi Ministries
His Mansion Ministries
Women of Hope
Genesis Men's Home
Teen Challenge (not just for teens)
The Father's Ranch Ministries
For Children and Teens
Boys and Girls town of America
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and Girls Town
Inpatient and Medical-Based Residential Programs
***These programs are typically shorter term(a few days to several weeks) programs in a hospital or inpatient environment! Some programs also offer residential facilities or longer term intensive outpatient with or without supportive housing.
The Meadows Treatment Center
La Rabida Children's Hospital
Women's Institute for Incorporation Therapy (men are accepted into intensive outpatient programming)
Inpatient Adult Women Only, Outpatient both Adult Men and Women
The Center at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Mclean Hospital Trauma and Dissociation Treatment
Masters and Johnson Programs
Colin A. Ross Institute Programs
Del Amos, CA
Forest View Hospital
Grand Rapids, MI
Residential Style Programs
***These programs are TYPICALLY longer term programs and offered in a more open or community based environment! The length of these programs typically ranges from a few weeks to many months, some treating people for a year or longer. Some do not accept insurance coverage, some do contract with insurance companies.
The Oaks Treatment Center
Austen Riggs Center
Life Healing Center
Santa Fe, NM
Del Mar, CA
Cottonwood de Tucson
Facilities treat trauma secondary to other conditions
***Many of the above named programs also treat these conditions
Renfrew Centers (women only, 15+)
Various Locations- Residential in Coconut Creek, FL and Philadelphia, PA
Rader Programs (coed, 18+)
Oxnard, CA and Tulsa, OK
SAFE Alternatives (coed, 12+)
Substance Abuse Treatment Referral
Ran by Samsha
Wellspring Retreat (also treats certain SA survivors and domestic violence survivors)
Meadow Haven (treats regardless of ability to pay)
Multiple Specialties (like eating disorders and substance abuse)
Please see above listed programs
Know your Rights
Even when you are treated in a mental health facility you retain the same basic rights you had before hand. You may loose some rights, like to obtain fire arms. If you are misstreated while in the care of a mental health facility please contact your local Advocacy Comission IMMEDIATELY. You have the right to be treated with dignity!
Links of Interest
Provides a directory of retreats
Pixie's List of Retreats
Retreats for Survivors
Directory of Eating Disorder Programs
Substance Abuse Treatment Referral
Ran by Samsha
Has descriptions of treatment centers and therapeutic programs for children, teens, and young adults
***If you use this site, please use the search feature to find program descriptions
Paying for treatment
Inpatient treatment can be very expensive. Most commercial health insurance policies offer coverage for inpatient treatment. Medicaid and Medicare also offer coverage, although check with the facility if they accept public health insurance. Additional assistance may be available through the Victims Compensation Fund. Certain programs set aside "scholarship money" or financial assistance funds.
Please, if you feel like you are going to seriously hurt yourself or someone else call 1-800-SUICIDE. Even if you don't have health insurance there are publically funded hospital programs, lack of insurance should not prevent you from recieving necessary psychiatric or medical care.
Medicaid, medicare, and some state programs can fund inpatient, day hospital, or, possibly, residential care in approved facilities if it is deemed necessary. If you are dealing with a substance abuse issue many states and programs provide treatment regardless of ability to pay.
**** PLEASE NOTE ****
Some of these programs are religiously based and/or employ controversial techniques. I believe that every person should be allowed to make his or her own decisions regarding treatment. I personally disagree with the way a couple of these programs are ran, however I recognise that they could be of value to you in your own path of healing! Please fully research any program before attending it and consult with a therapist who can also check out the program more thoroughly!
This post has been edited by Celtic Labyrinth: 15 June 2008 - 12:07 AM