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Drug Addicts Anonymous Meetings Near Me, Hotline Number, and DAA Alternatives

Drug use in the United States is rising, with more than 57 million people engaging in illicit drug use in 2019, compared to 48 million in 2015.1 Drug Addicts Anonymous (DAA) is a fellowship of men and women in recovery who are committed to helping individuals struggling with substance use.2 By adapting the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), DAA aims to help individuals on their path to recovery.2

What Is Substance Use Disorder?

A substance use disorder (SUD) is defined as a mental health disorder affecting the brain and behavior.3 Consequently, SUDs can lead to a person’s inability to control their use of substances, such as alcohol, drugs, or medications.3

Some people experience moderate to severe symptoms as a result of SUDs, with addiction being the most severe form.3 A person with SUDs may experience symptoms including:4

  • Taking the substance in larger amounts or longer than intended.
  • Unsuccessfully trying to cut down or control the use of the substance.
  • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the substance.
  • Strong cravings for the substance.
  • Difficulty fulfilling major obligations at home, school, or work.
  • Engaging in risky behavior as a result of using the substance.
  • Interference with the person’s personal and social life as a result of using the substance.
  • Giving up important activities to use the substance.

What Is Drug Addicts Anonymous?

DAA and similar groups, such as AA and Cocaine Anonymous (CA), are self-help groups. These groups are made up of people who have experienced the struggle of addiction and are in recovery. Their goal is to assist others in achieving and maintaining sobriety and overall well-being.

These groups use the 12-Step approach, which is adapted from AA. Groups like AA may supplement and support addiction treatment as an aftercare resource.5 One study found abstinence rates were twice as high for those who attended a 12-Step program such as AA or a similar group following treatment.6

The 12 Steps of Drug Addicts Anonymous

The 12 Steps of DAA include:7

  • We admitted we were powerless over narcotics and all other mind-altering substances – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to drug addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

How to Find DAA Meetings Near Me

DAA meetings are held across the United States, so it is relatively easy to find and attend one. Keep in mind that in addition to attending a DAA meeting, you can attend similar groups such as AA or CA. All of these groups offer a similar structure and the 12-Step program approach.

When looking for DAA meetings, you can visit the official Drug Addicts Anonymous website and search for meetings near you by inputting your location.

Are There Online or Virtual DAA Meetings?

In addition to in-person meetings, DAA and many other similar groups offer virtual meetings. Having the option to attend DAA meetings in settings other than in-person may make it more convenient for individuals to attend and ease the anxiety that may be associated with attending your first meeting. You can find when virtual meetings are occurring by navigating to the ‘Meetings’ section of the DAA website.

Similarly, if you are looking for additional means of support, you can call to talk to an American Addiction Centers (AAC) representative about your treatment options.

How to Find Alternative Programs to Drug Addicts Anonymous Near Me

Some people may prefer an alternative program to DAA. Maybe you want to connect with a group that is more specific to your needs, like AA or CA. Or maybe, you want a more structured program in an inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab setting.

There are several alternatives to the 12-Step DAA approach, including:

  • LifeRing: This abstinence-based group provides non-judgmental recovery conversation in a safe space.
  • Moderation Management: This national support group helps individuals concerned with their drinking habits make positive changes to their lifestyle.
  • SMART Recovery: These free support meetings are open to individuals looking for science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.
  • SOS: This non-profit is dedicated to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety.
  • Women for Sobriety: An abstinence-based non-profit, Women for Sobriety consists of women supporting each other in recovery.

While DAA and similar groups may be a beneficial resource during the recovery process, it is important that treatment interventions, settings, and services are matched to an individual’s unique needs. 8 An evidence-based drug addiction rehab program can complement DAA and may result in the best outcomes.8

Drug Addicts Anonymous Hotline and Drug Addiction Helpline Numbers

Looking for additional resources? You can reach out to various helplines directly to receive addiction support:

  • American Addiction Centers (AAC):
  • Drug Addicts Anonymous (DAA): DAA has phone numbers at the chapter headquarters. If you want to call them, search for the location, and contact that chapter. You can also fill out the contact form on their main site.
  • LifeRing: 1-800-811-4142
  • SAMHSA: 1-800-662-4357
  • SMART Recovery: (440) 951-5357
  • Women for Sobriety: (215) 536-8026

Does My Insurance Cover Drug Addiction Rehab?

No matter what health insurance you have, you will likely have some type of coverage for rehab. Alcohol and drug addiction services are included in the essential health benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This means that treatment must be covered within insurance sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

When looking for rehabs near me, you have several options. You can call your insurance company to verify that the rehab is in-network so you will know exactly what is and is not covered. You can conveniently check your insurance coverage by filling out the form below or contacting one of our admissions navigators at to begin your recovery journey.

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