Anyone who has gone through addiction rehab and treatment knows that recovery doesn’t end when a person heads home after completing their program. In some ways, the most difficult part of recovery is actually still ahead. Returning home after rehab brings with it temptations and the danger of relapse. The first few days and weeks are especially critical as the individual learns how to incorporate what they learned in rehab into their everyday life, and finds effective ways to keep their life on the right track.
One of the best ways to prevent relapse is to stay connected to the recovery community, either through aftercare programming and alumni groups, or through participation in support groups. These tools are beneficial long after rehab is complete, and they provide a great outlet for someone to talk about their struggles, as well as make connections that will help make their life of sobriety easier and more enjoyable.
Support groups can be found throughout the country, and they meet at various times and places. A simple Internet search can connect you with a support group in your area. For those in the Cincinnati area who want to find a reputable support group, the list below will get you started.
This Christian-based 12-step recovery program is for alcoholics, co-dependents, people with eating disorders, sexual addictions, anger, dealing with past or current physical or sexual abuse issues, etc. Anyone dealing with any kind of hurt, hang-up, or habit is welcome. There are several groups in Cincinnati, Butler Co., Warren Co., and Clermont Co. See website for group locations, dates, and times.
Family Education/Intervention Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area
This group offers training for families, co-workers, and others who wish to confront the behavior patterns and denial of a loved one’s alcohol and/or drug use.
2828 Vernon Place
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Four week series
Courage To Change – Open to All
For family members of addicts
Weekly Al-Anon Meeting at The Ridge main office
25 Whitney Drive #120
Milford, Ohio, 45150
The Addictions Support Group
This group is open to adults who have been impacted by a friend or family member with addiction. This is an education and support group focused on teaching skills to help family and friends be more effective with their family/friend. Each month we will cover a different topic.
463 Ohio Pike
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
Meetings the fourth Saturday of the month, 10am – 12pm
Chemical Dependency Substance Abuse
The group is for individuals who are currently working on an active recovery plan. The purpose is to intervene on the self-defeating behaviors which often accompany substance abuse so individuals may have opportunities for change. We help clients gain knowledge and insight about drug / alcohol use and its consequences. The group is held weekly for individuals to process issues related to recovery, effective coping behaviors and healthy decision making. Individuals may join the group at any time.
58 East Hollister St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Meetings every Tuesday
Architects of Recovery
This is an Alcohol and other Drug Recovery and Relapse Prevention group. We focus on building coping skills, lifestyle changes, sober supports and relapse prevention skills. Recovery happens in community!
Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching, Inc.
8622 Winton Road, Suite A
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Every Thursday 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Mindful Recovery & Wellness
This is an ongoing therapy group for people with substance use problems and other addictive disorders. This experiential group will be supportive, educational, process oriented. The focus of this therapy group is to develop a new relationship with addictive behaviors through exploring wellness recovery needs, mindfulness and relapse prevention strategies. This group is intended for people who are interested in building or maintaining recovery skills.
Embrace Recovery and Wellness Center
11440 Hamilton Avuene
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Cincinnati Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics anonymous is the most popular support group available, and these meetings are held regularly in locations throughout the country. There are currently 742 meetings in 277 locations in 137 regions every week in the Greater Cincinnati area, which includes Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Find meetings near you on the website site or download the Meeting Guide app for your smart phone. There are 96,362 meetings currently in the system as of January 2019. Our hotline is open 24/7, and you can reach us if you call 513-351-0422. Visit the Cincinnati Alcoholics Anonymous website for an online search tool. Below is a short list of some of the AA Cincinnati meetings:
3317 Glenmore Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211
Wednesdays 10 am
Old Broad Squad (Women’s Meeting)
5638 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45224
Mondays at 7 pm
All Shades of Belief
405 Oak St.
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Tuesday 6:45 PM
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
8815 E Kemper Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Fridays 7:30 pm
Greater Cincinnati Area Service Committee of NA
The Greater Cincinnati Area of NA serves the following counties – Clermont, Butler, Hamilton, and Warren. And in Kentucky – Kenton, Campbell, Boone, Pendleton, and Bracken. They have 80 groups with 92 meetings per week. Visit the website for a complete list of meeting locations and times. Below is a list of some of the meetings:
Just For Today
Walnut Hills Baptist Church
2386 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, OH, 45206
Tuesday 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Miracles Do Happen
Summerside United Methodist Church
638 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, OH, 45244
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Night NA
Peebles Church of Christ, Outreach Center
34 Nixon Avenue, Peebles, Ohio
Saturday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
42 Calhoun St, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219
Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
With so many options for support groups available, it is important to find one that is a good match for you. Find a location where you feel comfortable opening up and confiding in others. Staying active in a support group will help you remain focused on sobriety and is one of the best ways to prevent relapse.