Even when we have a good attachment-based psychotherapist (see Find an Attachment-based Psychotherapist), we all need support groups. You can find a support group today.
Support group members may also know of good nearby therapists.
A support group can not replace a therapist — but it can take awhile to find a good therapist. Then it takes a serious therapist weeks or longer to do enough “intake” to figure us out to where they can give us relief. We’ve got to be patient and it’s really worth it.
But we also need personal support now! Here’s the good news: you can go online to any national organization below and be at a meeting of people who care this week, even today. Sitting with people who care is the first thing we all need (it’s also why good therapy works.)
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) is for all types of abuse (sexual, non-sexual neglect, emotional, physical abuse) with US and global meetings: http://www.ascasupport.org/events.php
If no meeting local to you, they’ll send you a kit to start a meeting: http://www.ascasupport.org/meetings.php
ASCA also has online Saturday meetings we can join from anywhere. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Virtual Meeting” in the subject line and cc to John Thompson <email@example.com>
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA) has a big list of US and global support groups on their locator page: http://www.naasca.org/Groups-Services/_Groups-Services.htm
Celebrate Recovery operates at 20,000 churches nationally to help anyone hurting emotionally: http://www.celebraterecovery.com/ Here is their Group Locator by geographical area: http://grouplocator.crgroups.info/
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) says: ” We share The Problem… we learn that there are others like us, and there is hope. There is recovery. There is a light at the end of the tunnel; our fears can be overcome.” Meetings: http://www.meetings.adultchildren.org/find-a-meeting1
Survivors of Incest Anonymous: http://www.siawso.org/page-7166
Childhood Sex Trauma Community Support Group web meeting “Better Together” each Wednesday 7pm EST: http://cst.onehealth.com Run by my friend Svava Brooks from ACEsConnection; overview at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152352376057600&set=a.10150153553782600.292453.692907599&type=1&theater
If you can’t find a group by means above, do not give up.
You can find a local meeting of the large organizations NAMI or AL ANON and just go today – whether or not your troubles involve psychiatric or alcohol issues. NAMI local chapters have wide experience supporting anyone who feels deeply emotionally disturbed, and their families.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=find_support
Al Anon members want to “be there” for anyone who is hurting emotionally from any kind of emotional abuse, abandonment, neglect, trauma, or other issues. You may find a “sponsor” there who can really help you feel connected, even if there’s no alcohol in your situation. Why? Child traumas of all kinds are the underlying reason people use alcohol and drugs in the first place. They are also the reason people become “codependent” and enable others to drink, which is a form of emotional trauma.
Alcoholics should go to AA – but Al Anon is not only for drinkers’ families. Any non-drinker with an emotional problem willing to tell the truth about their childhood pain and their current pain, will find good support at a local Al Anon meeting. And if they feel you are hurting far too seriously for lay folks like them, they will know where to send you locally for professional help.
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