Web site helps recovering addicts find support groups worldwide
The NCADD of
N.E. Mississippi has served more than 12,000 people
in an 11-county area.
By Jennifer Ginn
Now there's help worldwide for travelers dealing with addiction thanks to the World Wide Web and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
NCADD provides referrals for treatment and support groups for addicts and their families.
The NCADD of Northeast Mississippi has served more than 12,000 people in an 11-county area.
"We have always published a little booklet, a pocket-sized booklet, of all the Tupelo support group meetings," said Dody Vail, executive director of NCADD of Northeast Mississippi. "That means Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon and seven or eight other anonymous recovery support groups."
Although the booklet worked fine for area residents, said Vail, there was a problem when people traveled to new cities or countries and needed to find a meeting.
Vail said that now a recovering addict can go to their Web site at msncadd.org and link into a database that will give them information about any meeting, anywhere in the world.
"... They can find any meeting for any 12-step recovery support meeting in any state, any city, any country," Vail said. "For the traveler, there are many, many people in this world who travel for a living. Now they can find a meeting wherever they are. They can maintain their recovery no matter where they travel, which is vital to staying clean and sober."
Vail said she believes the new meeting database will bring more visitors to their Web site and, hopefully, help more people.
"We have about 2,700 hits per month on our site," she said. "We feel like that with this addition of the worldwide database, it'll be more. More people will have access to more information."