Organizations and Support
Self-help organizations in South Africa are recommended for long-term recovery. All 12-step programmes mentioned below are free, as they consist of members in recovery supporting each other. To hear the testimonies of addiction and recovery direct from one addict or alcoholic to another, is one of the most powerful aspects of what is an extraordinary transformative process.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
12 Step, self-help programme of recovering drug addicts who help each other stay clean.
South Africa: www.na.org.za
Nar-Anon / Narateen
12 Step, self-help programme for family and friends affected by drug abuse.
South Africa: www.naranon.org.za
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
12 Step, self-help programme helping alcoholics to achieve sobriety and stay sober.
South Africa: www.aanonymous.org.za
Western Cape: www.aasouthafrica.co.za
Al-Anon / Alateen / Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics (AACA)
12 Step, self-help programme for families and friends of alcoholics.
South Africa: www.alanon.org.za
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
12 Step, self-help programme of recovery from compulsive eating (incl. obesity, bulimia and anorexia).
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
12 Step, self-help programme for recovery from a gambling problem.
12 Step, self-help programme for the family members, friends and loved ones of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by the gambling problem.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDa)
12 Step, self-help programme for developing healthy relationships.
South Africa: www.codasouthafrica.co.za
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)
12-step, self-help programme for sex addiction, love addiction, dependency on romantic attachments, emotional dependency, and sexual, social and emotional anorexia.
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
12-step, self-help programme for overcoming sexual addiction and recovery from sexual addiction.
Non-profit organisation helping people recover from alcoholism and other drug addictions, also known as the world’s premier publisher of information on this subject and related areas.
Based in the USA: www.hazelden.org
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