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Area Organizations

Families Against Narcotics – Washtenaw
A community-based program, Washtenaw FAN seeks to change and save lives by empowering individuals and communities through education, prevention, and support.  By partnering with area treatment and public-safety professionals, the legal community, schools, and other help organizations, FAN facilitates change in the way substance abuse disorder (SUD) is viewed and treated in Washtenaw County and beyond.

Mi-HOPE is a welcoming site for individuals, families, healthcare professionals, educators, businesses and nonprofit organizations who want to connect to mental health care information, resources and providers. It also provides an online directory and referral resource containing trusted providers to meet a variety of mental health needs for people of all ages.

Unite to Face Addiction – Michigan
UFAMichigan’s mission is to create strength in unity to eliminate addiction stigma, improve access to treatment, and support prevention while promoting recovery through advocacy, education, and outreach.

Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project
WRAP is a Recovery Community Organization that seeks to save lives and reduce the stigma surrounding Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Recognizing that there are many different pathways to recovery, WRAP uses education and advocacy on to local, state, and federal levels to create recovery-friendly communities, increase the public’s understanding that SUD is a chronic medical health condition, increase access to treatment for those with SUD, and change the face of addiction to one of recovery.

National Advocacy Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups (and Alateen)
This organization focuses on the families and friends of people struggling with alcohol use disorder because it impacts negatively both the individual and their loved ones. By providing emotional support through talk-based groups, family and friends are better able to encourage loved ones suffering from addiction to get help, stay in treatment, and maintain abstinence during the long-term recovery process. Al-Anon has several family groups all over the US and much of the world, including Alateen, which supports teenagers who have friends or family members struggling with problem drinking.

Alcohol Justice
This nonprofit advocacy organization works with individuals, especially young people, to promote evidence-based public health policies and organize campaigns against harmful practices perpetuated by the alcohol industry. Alcohol Justice formed in 1987 as one of the endowed Buck Trust agencies.

Faces & Voices of Recovery
This group is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Founded by Candace Lightner in California in 1980 after her teenage daughter died from being struck by a drunk driver, MADD spread across the US and Canada. Currently, this nonprofit advocacy organization is so popular that there is at least one MADD office in every state in the US and about one in every Canadian province.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
This nonprofit organization works to prevent pregnant women from consuming alcohol and to provide education and resources for those who have friends or family members struggling with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). NOFAS also advocates for ending prenatal exposure to other drugs and raises awareness of harm that could be caused to the baby if the mother struggles with addiction.

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Free Child Care

The Ann Arbor Women’s Group’s free child care program fulfills a crucial need for parents in recovery. Since December 2010 A2WG has provided safe, free child care while parents attend their 12 step meetings.

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