There are many different types of support available for people who need help with different situations.Most of the groups listed below are either free or low cost to their members. All of the support groups listed below have the same goal, to provide information, comfort, coping skills and the emotional support needed to overcome the situation that has occurred. Each of the groups will have their own strategy to help the person overcome the problem. They will usually offer education, training and group interaction to make the recovery process go a bit smoother.
Depression Support Groups
Depression support groups are there to support people who are suffering from different types of mental health disorders. A few of the different support groups are for clinical depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder and dysthymia. These support groups can either be peer based or individualized.
Anxiety Support Groups
Anxiety support groups are support systems for people dealing with different types of anxiety disorders. A few different disorders include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic syndrome, and different phobia related disorders. The people who enter into these types of groups usually meet on a weekly basis.
Survivors of Suicide Support Groups (Grief & Healing)
Support groups for survivors of suicide is for people going through the grieving and healing process from their loved ones intentional death. This support group provides comfort and sympathy to the family and friends after the tragic event. Typically these groups will be smaller in size to allow more one and one interaction with a professional counselor.
Survivors of Accidents and Murders
Survivors of accidents and murders are typically the same as survivors of suicide support groups. They offer support and comfort to the family and friends of people who experienced a sudden death.
Families of Veterans Support Groups
Families of veterans support groups are professional led groups that offer support to family members of returning veterans and other servicemen. When the veteran returns home, they may have to deal with the trauma and effects of being in other environments for a very long time and seeing unsightly images. The families will need a place to go to understand where they are coming from and how to help the person through the recovery period.
Early Recovery Group
Early recovery support groups are designed for people in the early stages of recovery. The recovery can be for alcohol or drug addictions. In this group, the person will be able to be in a supportive environment that can help the person learn how to process their feelings and emotions throughout the recovery process. This is a support group that will be peer led and help each person grow stronger and find their path to sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a 12 step program that offers support and guidance to people that suffer from alcoholism. The men and women in these groups will share their experience, share stories of encouragement to other group attendees and build hope with one another. The only requirement to be a part of Alcoholics Anonymous is to have the desire to stop drinking.
Adult Children of Alcoholics
As a child gets older and they have been raised by an alcoholic, they will have their own sets of problems that they may need help with. Adult Children of Alcoholics is a 12 step program that offers support and guidance to these people. To be a part of this support group, the person doesn’t have to pay any dues but they do need to have the desire to overcome the emotional problems they have encountered throughout their life.
Narcotics Anonymous is another type of 12 step program that is geared towards people with drug addictions. Narcotics Anonymous has the same platform and requirements as Alcoholics Anonymous and believes the only dues that are required is the desire to stop using drugs. There are also Cocaine Anonymous support groups that are designed for cocaine addictions.