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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

International. 10,000 chapters. Founded 1948. Members use professionally-prepared materials on menu planning, food exchanges, motivation and exercise. Promotes a sensible approach to managing weight as a life choice. Weekly meetings emphasize recognition and support. Newsletter, tools for weight management and chapter development. New chapters may be started by a minimum of four people. Support group locations available online. Dues $26 (USA); $30 (Canada).
Write:
TOPS
4575 S. 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Voice: 1-800-932-8677
Website: http://www.tops.org
Verified: 7/31/2012

Overeaters Anonymous

International. 6500 groups. Founded 1960. A 12-step fellowship of men and women who meet to help one another understand and overcome compulsive eating. Groups and literature for young persons and teens. Monthly magazine, literature and group development guidelines.
Write:
Overeaters Anonymous
P.O. Box 44020
Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4020
Voice: 505-891-2664
Fax: 505-891-4320
Website: http://www.oa.org
E-mail: info@oa.org
Verified: 7/17/2012

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)

National. Founded 1969. Fights size discrimination and provides fat people with the tools for self-empowerment. Public education regarding obesity. Provides a forum for peer support and activism. Dues $15 (includes newsletter), educational materials, group development guidelines and annual convention.
Write:
NAAFA
P.O. Box 4662
Foster City, CA 94404-0662
Voice: 916-558-6880
Website: http://www.naafa.org
Verified: 7/31/2012

Food Addicts Anonymous

International. Founded 1987. 146 affiliated groups worldwide. Founded 1987. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Primary purpose is to maintain abstinence from sugar, flour and wheat. Pen pals, online chatroom, e-mail loop, phone meetings, conferences, information and referral. Assistance in starting groups. Online listing of local support groups.
Write:
Food Addicts Anonymous
529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Ste 301A
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Voice: 561-967-3871
Fax: 561-967-9815
Website: http://www.foodaddictsanonymous.org
E-mail: faawso@bellsouth.net
Verified: 8/2/2012

Overcomers Outreach, Inc.

International. 700 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Christ-centered. Support for anyone affected by addictions, as well as their families and friends. Uses 12-steps of A.A. and applies them to the Scriptures. Uses Jesus Christ as the 'higher power'. Supplements involvement in other 12-step groups. Newsletter, group development guidelines and conferences.
Write:
Overcomers Outreach, Inc.
12828 Acheson Dr.
Whittier, CA 90601
Voice: 1-800-310-3001
Website: http://www.overcomersoutreach.org
E-mail: info@overcomersoutreach.org
Verified: 7/2/2012

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W.

International. 500 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Fellowship to share experience, strength and hope in order to help themselves and others who suffer from the self-destruction of compulsive eating. The H.O.W. Consept (Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness) groups use a food plan which includes an abstinence of sugar, flour and quantity. Meetings, literature and structure to help sufferers of all manifestations of compulsive eating help themselves. No dues or fees.
Write:
Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-H.O.W.
3371 Glendale Blvd., Ste. 104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Voice: 323-660-4333 (Mon.-Fri., 10am-3pm PST)
Website: http://www.ceahow.org
E-mail: gso@ceahow.org
Verified: 7/27/2012

Eating Addictions Anonymous - SANE Fellowship

National. 6 affiliated chapters. 12-Step. Recovery program for men and women recovering from all forms of eating and body image addictions. Includes anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating, exercise bulimics, etc. Focuses on internal growth and reclaiming bodies rather than weight or appearance.
Write:
Eating Addictions Anonymous
1501 Allison St. NW
Washington, DC 20011-7015
Voice: 202-882-6528
Website: http://www.eatingaddictionsanonymous.org
E-mail: 12n12@tidalwave.net
Verified: 7/27/2012

Eating Disorders Anonymous

International. Founded 2000. Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. Focuses on the solution; not the problem. Endorses sound nutrition. Literature, information and referrals. Assistance in starting groups. Offers local support group referrals online.
Write:
EDA
P.O. Box 55876
Phoenix, AZ 85078-5876
Website: http://www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org
E-mail: info@eatingdisordersanonymous.org
Verified: 8/2/2012

Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous

International. Founded 1998. 12-Step. Fellowship addressing all forms of food addiction, e.g. undereating, overeating and bulimia through purging and/or exercise. FA members are all ages and walks of life. Literature, phone support, assistance in starting new groups and online listing of meetings.
Write:
Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous
400 West Cummings Park, Suite 1700
Woburn, MA 01801
Voice: 781-932-6300
Fax: 781-932-6322
Website: http://www.foodaddicts.org
E-mail: fa@foodaddicts.org
Verified: 7/26/2012

Intercongregational Addictions Program (ICAP)

International. Founded 1979. Network of recovering alcoholic women in religious orders. Helps Roman Catholic women who are, or have been, members of religious orders and are alcohol or chemically dependent, compulsive eaters, compulsive gamblers, etc. Information, referrals, assistance in meeting other members, phone support, conferences, retreats and e-mail support.
Write:
ICAP
7777 Lake St., Ste. 115
River Forest, IL 60305-1734
Voice: 708-488-9770
Fax: 708-488-9774
E-mail: icapsrs@sbcglobal.net
Verified: 7/17/2012

Recoveries Anonymous

12-Step. International. 50 chapters. 12-Step. Spiritual recovery group for anyone seeking a solution for any kind of addiction, problem or behavior. Families and friends welcome. Face-to-face and telephone meetings available. For information visit website and click on the 'Meetings' tab or 'Contact Us' tab. Free 'How To Begin...' guides and 'Start A Group' kit can be downloaded from the website.
Write:
R.A. Universal Services
P.O. Box 1212
East Northport, NY 11731
Website: http://www.r-a.org
E-mail: ra@r-a.org
Verified: 7/21/2012

12 Fold Path

Online. 450 members. Founded 2002. Forum for those in a 12-step program who want to reconcile the teachings of Buddhism with the 12-steps of recovery.
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/12foldpath
E-mail: 12foldpath-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 7/2/2012

Intuitive Eating Support Group

Online. 1500+ members. Founded 2006. Provides support for people who have chosen the Intuitive Eating (non-diet) approach to overcoming emotional over-eating and destructive dieting.
Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/intuitiveeating_support
E-mail: intuitiveeating-support-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 7/2/2012

All Addictions Anonymous

12-Step. International. Founded 2003. Mutual support for all addictions including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, smoking and gambling.
Write:
AAA World GSO
40 Wickstead Way
Thornhill, CANADA, ON L3T 5E4
Voice: 416-657-7771
Website: http://alladdictionsanonymous.org
E-mail: info@alladdictionsanonymous.org
Verified: 7/25/2012

Addiction Recovery Support Group

12-Step. Christian-based. Support for individuals who desire freedom from any addiction including alcohol, drugs, sex, smoking, gambling, overeating, co-dependency, etc.
Write:
LDS Family Services
724 East 2100 South, Ste B
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Voice: 801-487-0499
Fax: 801-487-7005
Website: http://www.providentliving.org
Verified: 7/25/2012

Mirasol Online Eating Disorder Support Group

Online. Provides a community of support for persons living with eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and overeating.
Website: http://www.mirasol.net/support/index.php
Verified: 8/15/2012

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