Not all addictions involve the use of a substance, and the principles of a 12-step program have been adopted by a number of programs designed to help people who are living with behavioral addictions. Through attending meetings with others who share their behavioral issues, addicts can get the help they need.

Codependents Anonymous

People who are codependent in their personal relationships are dealing with issues surrounding denial, low self-esteem, compliance and control. They may have trouble identifying and expressing how they feel or remain in unhealthy situations due to a misguided sense of loyalty. Other people who are codependents in their personal relationships have a need to be "needed" in their relationships and may use gifts or sexual intimacy as a way to control the other person.


Clutterers Anonymous

For people who go to Clutterers Anonymous meetings, the amount of clutter in their lives is not important. This group offers help to those who want to get rid of clutter and the negative feelings associated with it. Clutterers Anonymous Overview Clutterers Anonymous defines clutter as anything in someone's life that they don't use, want, or need that either takes up their time, energy, or space and takes away their serenity. Someone can benefit from joining Clutterers Anonymous without having entire rooms full of stuff; some members who are dealing with clutter have these possessions organized in a neat fashion or have put it in storage. Holding onto the clutter makes the person feel fearful or ashamed, but they are unable to get rid of it.  


Debtors Anonymous

Debtors Anonymous is a group where members help each other to recover from "compulsive debting." Its doors are open to people whose lives have become out of control due to unsecured debt and overspending.


Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous is a support group for people who have been living with emotional issues that have been having a negative effect on their lives, such as anger, compulsive behaviors, depression, grief, jealousy, loneliness, low self-esteem, resentment, and worrying. Emotions Anonymous Overview This group was founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971. By 2007, Emotions Anonymous had more than 1,000 groups operating in 35 countries. This organization is not meant to substitute for professional help for emotional issues and does not provide counseling to its members or their families.


Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous was founded in Los Angeles, California in September of 1957. Since that first meeting of people drawn together with a desire to stop compulsive gambling, the organization has grown to more than 1,000 chapters in the United States alone. Gamblers Anonymous is also offering help and support to people in Canada, Europe, The Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. Gamblers Anonymous Overview Gamblers Anonymous is a group of compulsive gamblers helping other members with the same illness to stop gambling. All that someone needs to become a member is the desire to achieve sobriety. In this instance, sobriety is a life free from gambling.


Neurotics Anonymous

Neurotics Anonymous is a self-help group for people who are struggling with negative emotions. The organization uses a 12-step approach to help members who are living with a mental or emotional illness to heal their lives.


Online Gamers Anonymous

Members of Online Gamers Anonymous are all trying to break free of addiction to online games. The group is open to people who have had a problem with their use of computer, console, online, or video games. This type of self-help group is also open to friends and relatives of video game addicts who are looking for support. Online Gamers Anonymous Overview Online Gamers Anonymous helps people with gaming addictions because the members have all been affected by excessive gaming. They understand how the world of online gaming can take over someone's world. Once the addiction reaches that point, the person needs more than simple willpower or a desire to stop to make their goal a reality.


Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is not just for people who want or need to lose weight. It's not about dieting at all. This organization is for people who have an unhealthy relationship with food, no matter what the number on the scale says. Overeaters Anonymous Overview Overeaters Anonymous is a support group for people who are compulsive overeaters. By attending meetings with people like themselves, members get strength and hope from each other so that they can learn how have better eating habits. They also find out how to stop using food as a comfort measure, bingeing and purging, or exercising to excess as a way to deal with their obsession with food and weight issues.


Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous is a group of people who share their experiences with other group members to overcome their addiction and to help others in their recovery. The organization was formed in 1977, and is open to members who are heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Sex Addicts Anonymous Overview This organization is open to anyone who wants to stop their compulsive sexual behavior. It does not charge any fees or dues to its members. Meetings are safe places for members to share their experiences freely; anything discussed in that environment is confidential and not to be shared with anyone.


Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

All members of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous are addicts themselves and understand what new members are going through. This group is open to people who are sex addicts, love addicts, or both. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous Overview Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous provides support to members who want to get help for an obsession with sex or sexual imagery, an unhealthy dependency on someone else, or a preoccupation with fantasy, romance, or intrigue. All members share a desire to recover from their addiction and to live sober lives.


Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous is a self-help group that helps its members to stop lusting and attain sexual sobriety. Members have issues with using sexual acting out as a way to deal with low self-esteem and a lack of connection to other people. Sexaholics Anonymous Overview People who don't like themselves and who didn't establish close relationships with others in childhood may turn to fantasy and erotic images as a way to tune out and avoid those negative feelings. For members of Sexaholics Anonymous, the road to healing is made up of three factors: physical, emotional, and spiritual.


Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous is a group that provides support to its members, who are trying to recover from sexual compulsion. Members of this group define the term "sexual sobriety" for themselves and develop a personalized recovery plan for their recovery. Sexual Compulsives Anonymous Overview The goal of this 12-step program is not to have members refrain from expressing their sexuality, but rather to do so in a way that is safe (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) and legal. Being able to be sexual in way that doesn't inappropriately interfere with members' time and energy is part of being sexually sober.


Smokers Anonymous

Smokers Anonymous is a self-help group for people who want to live nicotine-free lives. By offering support to others who are addicted to this addictive chemical, members can accept their cravings but choose not to act on them. Smokers Anonymous Overview This group is open to people who have a desire to be free from nicotine. Members learn new ways of dealing with their cravings. They get the help they need from the support group, their Higher Power, and from themselves.


Workaholics Anonymous

Hard work is considered to be a good thing by most people, but when work becomes a compulsion it ceases to be something positive. Workaholics Anonymous offers help to people who are compulsive workers. Workaholics Anonymous Overview Workaholics Anonymous is a self-help group for people who are in the throes of an obsession with work. The group describes this obsession as being "cunning and powerful." Members of the group share their experiences with each other, including what led them to seek help and their journey to recovery.