Addiction Community Support in Ohio

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An addiction community support in Ohio can help those in recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism find lasting recovery. Addiction support can be beneficial during addiction treatment and throughout the ongoing recovery process. Read on to learn more about the different types of addiction support Ohio.

The Importance of an Addiction Support Community

Community-based support groups for substance use disorders (drug addictions) or alcohol use disorders (alcoholism) provide a platform for individuals to share their experiences of addiction and recovery.

Addiction support groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and SMART Recovery have helped many people maintain sobriety, but they are just one component of a comprehensive treatment approach that typically includes counseling, psychotherapy, and family therapy. When evidence-based treatments are supplemented by access to a robust addiction support community, there is more chance of someone achieving long-term recovery without relapse.

Choosing the right support group involves looking for a positive, supportive environment that meshes with your beliefs and helps you meet your long-term recovery objectives.

Support groups offer a wide range of benefits for individuals with substance use disorders as well as their families and friends, including:

  • Education about addiction
  • Emotional support
  • Connection with others
  • Socialization skills
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Strength and encouragement
  • Accountability
  • Integration with other forms of therapy
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Addiction Support Groups in Ohio

There are many meetings and support groups in Ohio targeted at individuals with substance use disorders. These peer-led groups are not the same as therapeutic group sessions in formal substance abuse treatments – they are peer-led rather than delivered by qualified mental health professionals.  Although not initially developed for therapeutic objectives, addiction support groups often deliver significant therapeutic benefits.

Addiction support groups in Ohio provide a safe and nurturing environment for individuals in recovery to build positive relationships, share personal stories, maintain accountability, cultivate hope, challenge excuses, address obstacles, and implement positive changes in their lives.

The anonymity of addiction support groups further encourages open dialogue while protecting the privacy of participants. Many addiction treatment programs and sober living communities require participation in one of these support groups as part of the recovery process.

Traditional 12-step programs

For those interested in traditional, substance-specific 12-step programs, Ohio offers a wide range of options:

  • AA: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) specializes in alcohol addiction. AA meetings can be found by searching for AA resources in Ohio online.
  • NA: NA (Narcotics Anonymous) focuses on helping those with drug addictions remain abstinent. NA meetings in Ohio are accessible with a simple online search.
  • CA: CA (Cocaine Anonymous) is intended for those recovering from cocaine addictions. CA meetings in Ohio can be located with an online search.
  • DRA: DRA (Dual Recovery Anonymous) is designed for individuals diagnosed with dual diagnosis (addictions co-occurring with mental health conditions). Find meeting information for the Ohio area online.
  • MA: MA (Marijuana Anonymous) is meant for those seeking recovery from marijuana addiction. Marijuana Anonymous meetings in Ohio can be found through an online search.
  • CDA: CDA (Chemically Dependent Anonymous is a program which addresses all types of addictions without distinguishing between them. Information on meetings can be found online.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a secular alternative to traditional 12-step programs, focusing on a science-based and trademarked 4-point program. It’s designed for individuals seeking different paths to long-term recovery. Search online for SMART Recovery groups in Ohio.

Celebrate Recovery

This Christian-based program utilizes a 12-step recovery model, catering for those battling addictions and their loved ones through codependency meetings, among 12 other group formats. For information on Celebrate Recovery meetings in Ohio, search online for their meeting locator.

Exploring these resources can provide a crucial support network for anyone on the path to recovery in Ohio. Always consider checking the most current and accurate information online for meeting times and locations.

Types of Addiction Support Groups

There are several common types of addiction support groups. These include:

12-Step Programs

12-step programs like AA and NA are among the most widely recognized addiction support groups. Originating in the mid-1930s with AA, the 12-step program emphasizes the acknowledgment of a higher power aiding in overcoming addiction. While initially faith-oriented, the model has evolved to include non-faith-based groups, ensuring inclusivity for all seeking help. Although developed to help those battling alcohol addictions, the 12-step methodology is now applied across various addiction recoveries. Participants are encouraged to partner with a sponsor, an experienced individual in recovery, to guide them through the process.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a contemporary alternative to 12-step programs. Founded in 1994, SMART offers a science-based, four-point program focused on behavioral change. Utilizing REBT (rational emotive behavior therapy), the program shows people how thoughts influence emotions, which in turn, drive behaviors. By altering thought patterns, individuals can change their behaviors effectively. SMART Recovery is not rooted in spirituality or the admission of powerlessness but instead empowers people to overcome self-destructive behaviors through self-awareness and behavioral change. The program encourages moving forward rather than dwelling on the past.

Support Groups for Family Members

Families and friends impacted by the addiction of a loved also have access to support through 12-step programs like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. These groups offer a confidential space for sharing experiences and finding relief from the effects of addiction. 

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Addiction Support Groups for Families in Ohio

Families and friends of individuals struggling with addiction often bear a significant emotional and mental burden. Recognizing this, any different support groups operate in Ohio to provide support, guidance, and community. These organizations cater to various needs, ranging from coping with alcoholism to dealing with drug addiction, and offer both spiritual and secular support options.


Al-Anon is a global fellowship offering a recovery program specifically designed for the families and friends of people addicted to alcohol. Understanding that supporting an individual with alcohol addiction, whether they are in recovery or not, can be an emotionally taxing journey, Al-Anon provides numerous resources. These include tools to find local meetings, quizzes to help potential members determine if the organization’s mission aligns with their needs, and a list of frequently asked questions to address common concerns.


As a branch of the Al-Anon fellowship, Alateen focuses on the adolescent family members affected by another’s alcoholism. It offers literature and discussions on problems commonly faced by young people in these situations, such as excessive caretaking, challenges with self-esteem, and feelings of blame and guilt.


Nar-Anon, much like Al-Anon, offers a 12-step program but focuses on the families and friends of individuals addicted to drugs other than alcohol. It conducts regular meetings to support family members affected by the complex disease of addiction, providing a community and a framework for understanding and coping with their loved one’s challenges.

PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones)

PAL is a Christian-run, non-profit organization which offers weekly meetings for parents dealing with a child’s drug or alcohol addiction. Led by peers, PAL meetings combine educational content with a sharing component, fostering a supportive community atmosphere.

Families Anonymous

This 12-step program is tailored for family members of individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol or those with related behavioral health conditions. Families Anonymous emphasizes the commonalities in the experiences of participants, focusing on the shared struggles and strengths among families dealing with addiction.

SMART Recovery Family & Friends

As a secular alternative to spiritually-based groups like Al-Anon, SMART Recovery offers a science-based support framework for family members and friends of people living with addiction. With meetings available in many cities throughout Ohio, SMART Recovery Family & Friends employs non-confrontational techniques to aid loved ones in coping with addiction, promoting self-management and recovery training methodologies.

Each of these support groups offers unique perspectives and methods for dealing with the challenges faced by families and friends of addicts. Whether seeking spiritual comfort, science-based strategies, or a specific focus on alcohol or drug addiction, individuals in Ohio have access to a community of support tailored to their needs.

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Call Today to Get Addiction Support at Ohio Recovery Centers

If you need comprehensive addiction support, reach out to Ohio Recovery Centers. We specialize in the intensive outpatient treatment of all addictions and mental health conditions.

By choosing outpatient treatment at our rehab in Cincinnati, OH, you can continue meeting your everyday commitments while engaging with personalized and evidence-based addiction treatment.

At Ohio Recovery Centers, we promote participation in addiction support group meetings, both during treatment and throughout ongoing recovery. If you need help connecting with appropriate resources near you, call 877-679-2132 for immediate assistance.

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Thomas Hunter LSW

Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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Mary D.Porter,LICDC

 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Ben Lemmon LCDC III

Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn