Groups Regularly Meeting at JFT
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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
International. Founded 1935. Over 116,000 in-person groups and online. A Fellowship of men and women who come together to share their experience, strength and hope with the purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. AA materials are available in English, Spanish and French. The only requirement for membership is the desire to quit drinking. AA followings guiding principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of AA.
This is our Spanish speaking AA meeting. It follows all the tenants of traditional AA only it allows our Hispanic population to enjoy the fellowship without anything being lost in translation.
The Pennsylvania State Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (affectionately known as “penn-see-pa”) brings the newcomer into the mainstream of AA Recovery, Service, and Unity through the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions and the 12 Concepts for World Service--carrying AA’s message to the suffering alcoholic. Members of PENNSCYPAA and other young people groups and conferences are in no way separate from Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Members are involved in and committed to all levels of AA service, from the group level to the General Service Conference, and at every level in between. Newcomers are shown, by people their own age, that using AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA service can lead to a lasting and comfortable sobriety.
International. Founded 1953. Over 61,000 in-person groups in US and 129 countries. NA is a fellowship of men and women who come together for the purpose of sharing their recovery from drug abuse. NA members are working together in a spirit of unity and cooperation to carry their message of recovery. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. NA members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free, productive lives through the application of principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA.
Women for Sobriety
WFS was established in 1976. Its philosophy is designed to provide a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment for women in recovery. Its New Life Acceptance Program is centered on 13 principles emphasizing positive thinking, personal responsibility, and embracing the future instead of rehashing past mistakes. With self-help groups all over the world, Women for Sobriety (WFS) provides recovery education tailoring to the unique physical and emotional needs of women. With a primary focus on alcoholism, WFS’s New Life Program is based on 13 acceptance statements that begin with addicts admitting that their addiction is a life-threatening health issue. By the end of the program, recovering addicts are taking responsibility for their actions and are given a new sense of independence, allowing them to take control of their lives.
Refuge Recovery believes that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. This approach to recovery understands: All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering caused by addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world. RR believes that training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming can free us from addiction. In the beginning, some of these practices may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and indeed some of them are, but we believe they provide a clear path to freedom.
This is a Veterans Only PTSD Group reserved for veterans suffering from this oftentimes debilitating disorder. The group discusses practical solutions for dealing with PTSD as well as methods to manage everyday triggers and obstacles. There are veterans to support one another for specific forms of PTSD such as combat related, as well as those dealing with other similar issues as one another. The group believes there are no quick answers or shortcuts and that together, we can manage our symptoms and lead happy, productive, fulfilling lives.
Hosted by the Central PA Family Alliance, this group is for people who have lost a loved one through addiction/overdose. Losing someone you love to addiction is devastating. For many this loss is accompanied by feelings of sadness, depression, guilt, anger, confusion, shame, and isolation. The goal of this Grief Support gathering is to connect others who are experiencing a similar loss. Our anonymous gathers are held twice per month at JFT in a safe environment. We invite you to join us to fight the stigma and to help the healing process for yourself and others.
The Wharf Rats began during the early 1980s as a group of Deadheads under the name "The Wharf Rat Group of Alcoholics Anonymous." The Wharf Rats originally came from a small group of Narcotics Anonymous members who went to a Grateful Dead concert in Philadelphia and located each other by their yellow balloons with the NA symbol drawn on it in Magic Marker. Later, due to operational differences, the Wharf Rats soon split from Narcotics Anonymous and are no longer affiliated with NA, AA, or any other twelve-step program; however, many of members of the Wharf Rats are members of AA, NA or other 12-step programs. The Wharf Rats see themselves as "a group of friends sharing a common bond, providing support, information and some traction in an otherwise slippery environment."
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Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Support Group