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#1 Labyrinth

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 06:49 AM

*This list is a work in progress. I am constantly adding new programs I find to the list. If anyone has any suggestions of programs to add or programs that should be removed please contact me!

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

Families Anonymous
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

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

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

Celebrate Recovery
Bible based Christian groups, often focused on a variety of topics such as survivors, depression, substance abuse, or weight loss

GROW Groups
Smaller member run support groups for all mental illnesses and emotional distress

Recovery Inc
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

Emotions Anonymous
12 Step meetings for people overwhelmed by their negative emotional states

CoDependant Anonymous
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

DBT self-help
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

Provides referal to support groups for OCD and related disorders

Nicotene Anonymous
12 Step for smokers!

Addictive and addictive-like behaviors

Gamblers Anonymous
12 step meetings for compulsive gamblers

Clutters Anonymous
12 step meeting for hoarders/clutters

Recoveries Anonymous
12 step meeting for, well, ANYTHING!

Spenders Anonymous
12 Step Group for compulsive shoppers/spenders

Self-Mutilators Anonymous
12 Step meetings for self-injurers

Sexual Compulsion and Related Issues

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous Note: temporarily offline for a server upgrade
12 step meeting for people addicted to sex and love

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
12 step meeting for people who are sexual compulsive

Sexaholics Anonymous
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.

Overeaters Anonymous
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.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous
12 step meetings for alcoholism. Some meetings also treat other chemical dependency issues, especially in rural areas without other meetings!

Narcotics Anonymous
12 step group for drug addiction

Smart Recovery
Non 12 step recovery group for people battling addictions

Cocaine Anonymous
12 step meetings for cocaine addicts

Metahadone Anonymous
12 step meetings for recovering heroine addicts utalising methadone to maintain their recovery.

Marijuana Anonymous
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.

Financial Assistance
(these organisations may or may not be able to assist you in recieving outpatient or inpatient treatment)

FREED Foundation for Eating Disorders

To Write Love on Her Arms

Free/Low Cost Residential Centers

For Teens and Adults- Secular based

Meadow Haven (cult survivors who may or may not be survivors of sexual assault)
Lakeville, MA

Rose Hill
Holly, MI

GROW Residential Center
Kankakee, IL

Emma Center (as of the date this was last edited this program was not yet running)
Arcata, CA

For Adults and Teens- Spiritual and Religious based

Aloha Healing Women Retreats

Mercy Ministries
Multiple Locations

El Roi Ministries
North Carolina

His Mansion Ministries
New Hampshire

Teen Challenge (not just for teens)
Multiple Locations

The Father's Ranch Ministries
Tonasket, WA

For Children and Teens

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Chicago, IL

Boys and Girls town of America
Various Locations

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and Girls Town
Amarillo, TX

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.

Sheppard Pratt
Multiple Locations

Menninger Clinic
Houston, TX

The Meadows Treatment Center
Wickenburg, AZ

Women's Institute for Incorporation Therapy (men are accepted into intensive outpatient programming)
Inpatient Adult Women Only, Outpatient both Adult Men and Women
Hollywood, FL

The Center at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Washington, DC

Mclean Hospital Trauma and Dissociation Treatment
Belmont, MA

Arbour Hospital

Masters and Johnson Programs

Two Rivers Hospital
Kansas City, MO

River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital
New Orleans, LA

Colin A. Ross Institute Programs

Del Amos Hospital
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.

Mellody House
Wickenburg, AZ

Timberlawn Knolls
Lombard, IL

Pia's Place
Prescott, AZ

Austen Riggs Center
Stockbridge, MA

Life Healing Center
Santa Fe, NM

The Ranch
Nunnelly, TN

Sierra Tucson
Tucson, AZ

Casa Palmera
Del Mar, CA

Cottonwood de Tucson
Tucson, AZ

Facilities treat trauma secondary to other conditions
***Many of the above named programs also treat these conditions

Eating Disorders

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+)
Naperville, IL


The Canyon
Malibu, CA

Substance Abuse Treatment Referral
Ran by Samsha

Cult Survivors
Wellspring Retreat (also treats certain SA survivors and domestic violence survivors)
Albany, OH

Meadow Haven (treats regardless of ability to pay)
Lakeville, MA

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

Retreat Finder
Provides a directory of retreats

Pixie's List of Retreats
Retreats for Survivors

ED Referral
Directory of Eating Disorder Programs

Substance Abuse Treatment Referral
Ran by Samsha

Struggling Teens
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!

Edited by Marlee, 06 September 2013 - 07:38 PM.
updating links

#2 pixie

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 12:52 PM

Very impressive list! Not sure I have much to add but a link and some contact advice.

USA and International Therapy information

Includes types of therapy, therapy movements and how to find a therapist.

A good place to ask for an inpatient treatment center is Sidran.org

Resources For Survivors


Information, Resources and Therapist Listings from Sidran's Help Desk.
If you have a question about trauma or you need help or resources in your area, please email help@sidran.org to contact a Trauma Resource Specialist.

There is a list in the mind forum (thanks to Celtic Labyrinth) ~ Click here to view ~ with a list of treatment centers from Sidran. It's pinned at the top. (maybe we should put a copy here- but it's not my post).


Edited by pixie, 14 May 2006 - 12:56 PM.

#3 pixie

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:18 PM

Search this directory of self help support groups


"To find self-help organizations and groups, enter a keyword or phrase for a particular type of problem. For instance, if you're interested in finding support organizations for depression or alcoholism simply enter either word."

You can submit organizations to this website as well.

Rape Crisis Online Support Groups

by category :)


Edited by pixie, 17 May 2006 - 11:21 PM.

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 01:01 PM

I think sorting by type of program and patient is better than state. When i was IP most of the patients were from out of state (river oaks) from all over. By UK or US might be useful.

Also- i like the retreat finder. I have a link to add to that topic: http://www.ibiblio.o...//retreats.html
this is a list of survivor retreats.

For new links you might just make a notation *NEW next to the link rather than put them at the top (?) but whatever you think is best is fine as you seem to know your stuff!

The sidran tactic (tho out of date) was to use a key and put abbreviations for the types of treatments and patients next to the link. I don't know if you wnat to get that detailed or if that works for you but i kinda thought it was neat.


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Posted 15 July 2006 - 04:53 PM



"Survivors who had the assistance of an advocate were significantly more likely to have police reports taken and were less likely to be treated negatively by police officers. These women also reported less distress after their contact with the legal system. Similarly, survivors who worked with an advocate during their emergency department care received more medical services, including emergency contraception and sexually transmitted disease prophylaxis, reported significantly fewer negative interpersonal interactions with medical system personnel, and reported less distress from their medical contact experiences." (Campbell, 2006)

"For victims, the experience of reporting rape falls into several different stages. Depending on the circumstances of the case, some of the stages may overlap, some may be omitted and the order in which they occur may vary but broadly speaking they are as follows [in the UK]:

(i) Contacting the police

(ii) First encounter with the police

(iii) The medical

(iv) Making a statement

(v) Investigation of the case

(vi) Follow-up

(vii) Court " (Temkin, 1999)

more information available here: REPORTING RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT- WEBSITES

Edited by pixie, 21 September 2006 - 11:06 AM.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 10:23 AM

Emergency assistance for survivors who need travel, housing or shelter assistance due to a crisis situation:

http://www.travelersaid.org/ - look up your local hotline on the site by state.

Transportation Assistance

"In the 21st Century, more people are traveling than ever before. Many are tethered to their support systems via credit cards, debit cards, cell phones or calling cards. An interruption to their travels is an inconvenience, but with money to spend and a reassuring call back home they can make the best of it. Such is not the case with people who live on the financial edge or when crime robs them of their identity and their resources. Traveling can be stressful under the best of circumstances, but an interrupted trip or an emergency is a crisis for the people involved, and Travelers Aid is there to help. Travelers Aid is most visible in transportation centers-the nation's busiest airports, as well as bus and train stations-where each year four million people seek information or assistance. Every situation is unique: A diabetic person has an unanticipated delay in his journey and realizes he needs medicine; a pre-paid phone card from Travelers Aid enables a teenager to contact her parents; a woman who can't speak English turns to Travelers Aid for help in contacting her family. Travelers Aid volunteers-more than 2400-provide reassurance as well as the information necessary for travelers to make informed decisions. Travelers Aid assists elderly and disabled persons, and anyone who needs extra attention to make their connections. "
1612 K. St., NW, Suite 206
Washington, DC 20006

The Salvation Army.
They give referrals etc. The hotlines are regional but the Salvation army southeast states is 404.728.1300. Look up your local hotline here: http://www.salvation...usn/www_usn.nsf

Freecycle. http://www.freecycle.org/
You give away and pick up stuff from people for free.

National resources:

resources by state

what is available

America's Second Harvest

This is food bank central. They can tell you where food banks near you are available.

America's Second Harvest
35 E. Wacker Dr., #2000
Chicago, IL 60601
ph: 800.771.2303
ph: 312.263.2303

http://www.redcross.org/ - look up the local hotline here.

Red Cross

I would advise calling the local red cross and asking for referrals to places she can get vouchers on monday between 8am and 4pm. This is especially true if her ex is a svcmn (army) due to she has his children to take care of. American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 303-4498
Donation Hotlines: 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) / 1-800-257-7575 (Español)

Try calling 211 from the area that she is in.

also call (from her area): Those in need of shelter should contact a CDHS Human Services Center or call 3-1-1.
Emergency Response
CDHS Emergency Response Teams are on duty 24/7 to assist with non-life threatening situations. People in need of immediate shelter, food or relocation can call 311. CDHS outreach teams respond to shelter requests around the clock. If the need is immediate, the caller may be asked to go to their local police station or hospital emergency room where they can wait safely for the team. CDHS workers conduct an initial assessment and find appropriate, temporary shelter for the individual or family. CDHS follows up with the client to get them into permanent, supportive housing as quickly as possible.

Edited by pixie, 21 September 2006 - 11:06 AM.

#7 meadowlarkim

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 12:18 PM

Thanks for posting these. A friend just confided in me about her brother's recent conviction for sexual abuse and I want to be able to point her to someone who can help her as this has impacted her entire family.

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:41 PM

Hi! I was in chat with someone who needed a national alternative to RAINN and came across this website loaded with help line numbers, I'll list the ones I think are more needed on this site, but I'll post the link too. It had everything from Suicide prevention to poison control

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline 800-ALCOHOL

American Association of Suicidology National Suicide Hotline - 24-hours 800.SUICIDE (784.2433)

American Psychological Association Public Education Line. This is a toll-free call, and the number has a live operator answering 24 hours a day, seven days a week (if you press "10"). After an initial discussion, they will connect you to the American Psychological Association chapter in your state, who will give you a local referral to PSYCHOLOGISTS ONLY. Most state APA chapters keep normal business hours. 800.964.2000 or www.helping.apa.org

Boys Town National Crisis Line - 24 hours a day, every day: the only national crisis line that children and parents can call with any problem, any time. You can refer troubled familise to the Hotline which is staffed by caring pofessionals. 800.448.3000, or for TDD call 800.448.1833

Child Find/A Way Out - 800.292.9688
Counseling On-Line: www.befrienders.org/email.html (A 24-Hour confidential e-mail service by the Samaritans) Also, kidshelp.sympatico.ca A service for young people - also addresses issues other than suicide.

Covenant House Nineline, 24 hour crisis 800.999.9999 (800.999.9915 TTY), is a national crisis hotline for youth under-21 and their families. Since 1987, our crisis workers have provided timely, and sometimes lifesaving, intervention for those in need. Our referral database of more than 26,000 agencies allows us to connect those in need with the local agencies best equipped to help them. In the past year our workers answered over 61,000 crisis calls and provided more than 11,000 referrals. Our website provides educational pieces addressing youth issues for kids and people who want to help kids www.covenanthouse.org/nineline or Nineline@covenanthouse.org (1/02)

Mental Health Crisis Line- 800.222.8220

National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence - 800.222.2000

National Hopeline Network, The Hope Line connects people in immediate distress to a Crisis Center. Calls are answered by certified counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the system is fully operational, your call should be routed to a center nearest your home. A trained counselor should answer within two or three rings, or about 20 to 30 seconds, from the moment you dial 800.SUICIDE or www.hopeline.org

National Life Center Hotline/Pregnancy Hotline - 800.848.5683

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Those in need of help can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to the closest possible crisis center in their area. With over 120 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. The call is free and confidential. People are encouraged to call for yourself, or someone they care about. The Lifeline is funded by SAMHSA, and operated by Link2Health Solutions, Inc – a private non-profit agency.

1-800-THERAPIST. This is a toll-free number, and it's a free referral service. It appears you can only talk to a "referral resource counselor" during normal business hours. The advantage to using this service is that after an initial telephone evaluation, they can refer you to the full range of mental clinicians including a psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage or family therapist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, or psychiatric nurse. 800.843.7274 or www.1-800-THERAPIST.com

Victims of Crime Resource Center - 800.627.6872

the link to the site is: Emergeny Numbers they have many links to these organizations websites on their site.

I don't know if these numbers are posted elsewher, but I thought they might be a helpful resource.

Tc all

#9 marie

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 12:30 AM

In the U.S., some places offer free or low cost therapy services to survivors of violence.
See this thread for more info http://pandys.org/fo...howtopic=104295

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:24 PM

Thanks for sharing the resource.

Eating Disorder

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 07:13 AM

SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone): http://www.safe4all.org/

Provides resources for helping victims of abuse who society usually overlooks, including men, LGBT victims, teens and the elderly.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:21 PM

National Hotlines:

* Al-Anon, Family Groups - 212-301-7240
* Alcoholics Anonymous - 212-686-1100
* Battered Women’s Task Force - 414-466-1660
* Bulimia/Anorexia 24 hour Crisis Line - 800-762-3334
* Child Abuse Hotline - 800-442-4453
* Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence - 212-206-6770
* Eating Disorder Hotline - 800-233-5450
* National Legal Aid & Defender Association - 202-452-0620
* Narcotics Anonymous - 818-780-3951
* Runaway Hotline - 800-231-6946
* The Grief Recovery Institute - 800-445-4808

#13 LGabrielle

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:48 PM

Thank you for the information. I found it to be very helpful!

#14 mountaingoats9

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:55 AM

I just started a support group in the Los Angeles Area:


#15 kikiu

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:50 PM

For eating disorders, Castlewood Treatment Center has a very strong specialty in trauma issues. It is classified as residential.

Pandora's Aquarium, Inc. is not intended to be a substitute for professional assistance. All members and visitors are encouraged to establish a relationship with a trained counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist. Pandora's Aquarium, Inc. offers rape and sexual abuse survivor-to-survivor support only. Despite any qualifications staff or members possess, they are not engaged in a professional relationship with any other member. Survivors in crisis are urged to seek local help by contacting 911 or their local rape crisis center. Use of this website constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Service located here.