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Twelve Step Fellowships

The Twelve Step approach was pioneered by Alcoholic Anonymous in the 1930s. Today it is used the world over by people in recovery from a wide range of addictions.

On this page you will find a list of Twelve Step fellowships and links to their websites in the UK. Membership of a Twelve Step fellowship is always free and is usually limited to those people who identify themselves as suffering from a particular addiction. For example, those suffering from alcoholism should contact Alcoholics Anonymous, those with drug addiction should contact Narcotics Anonymous, etc. Most of the fellowship’s websites have an online test, or have published a list of defining attributes to help you decide whether that particular fellowship may be relevant to you.

If you would like to take an enquiry further, you will find contact information on each website and a representative of the fellowship will respond to your queries. Note that attendance of Twelve Step fellowships is always free, and is not compulsory. You will never been given the ‘hard sell’. The fellowships work on the principle of attraction rather than promotion and are typically not-for-profit organisations. There is nobody in charge, nobody making a living from payments by members. The fellowships are run by their members, for their members. The primary purpose of each fellowship is to help people recover from the particular addiction relevant to the fellowship.

The list below is not endorsed by me in any way, I simply present it here for information and in the hope that it may be helpful to you. If you are a member of a fellowship not listed here, please contact me if you would like me to add your website to the list.

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Alcoholics Anonymous – the largest and oldest of the fellowships, with 2 million members worldwide and several thousand meetings in the UK alone. Recovery starts with abstinence from alcohol.

Narcotics Anonymous – the second-largest of the fellowships in the UK. NA is for those seeking recovery from addiction to over-the-counter, prescribed and illicit drugs. Recovery starts with abstinence from those drugs that the individual finds addictive.

Overeaters Anonymous – the fellowship for those who identify themselves as suffering from a food addiction, whether bulimia, anorexia or compulsive overeating or any addictive relationship with food. Recovery is defined by the individual and the aim is to develop and maintaining healthy eating patterns.

Gamblers Anonymous – for those wanting recovery from addiction to gambling. Recovery starts with abstinence from gambling.

Sex Addicts Anonymous – for recovery from addictive sexual activity. Recovery starts with abstinence from compulsive sexual behaviour. it is up to the individual to decide which of their behaviours are compulsively sexual. The aim of the program is to develop meaningful relationships in which sex is secondary to emotional intimacy.

Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous – open to anyone who knows or thinks they have a problem with sex addiction, love addiction, romantic obsession, co-dependent relationships, fantasy addiction and/or sexual, social and emotional anorexia.

Co-dependents Anonymous – for those who believe they may be addicted to co-dependent relationships. The aim is to form relationships based on mutual trust and respect, rather than on need.

Workaholics Anonynous – for people who want to stop working compulsively. The aim is to achieve a healthy balance between work and non-work activities.

Debtors Anonymous – for those for whom compulsively getting into debt is a problem. DA encourages careful record keeping and monitoring of finances – including purchases, income, and debt payments – so that you get a clearer picture of your spending habits, so as to develop healthier spending practices, supporting you in keeping a reasonable quality of life while still repaying debt. Similarly, DA recommends developing plans for the future to increase your income.

Nicotine Anonymous – for people who want to be free of the compulsive use of nicotine in all its forms, be it cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, patches, gum, etc.