~ Resources ~

Alcohol, Drugs, & Addictions

There are many ways to address your own alcohol and drug mis-use or addiction. The following 3 resources offer self-help, peer-supported group fellowships with differing perspectives as well as approaches to working with addiction and problematic useage.

Their difference are their strengths: read over their narratives, how they describe themselves and see how they mesh with you, your needs and the set of conditions you're dealing with as well as your goals. Knowledge and an open mind enhances informed choice!

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

East Bay Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) website and contact info: www.eastbayaa.org

San Francisco (& Marin County) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) website and contact info: www.aasf.org

Moderation Management (MM)

For general information: www.moderation.org

For MM meeting sites and times in the East Bay and San Francisco and throughout California:

SMART Recovery (Self Help Substance Abuse Addiction & Recovery)

For general information:www.smartrecovery.org

For SMART Recovery meeting sites and times in the East Bay, San Francisco and throughout California as well as online support:


Spring Runoff, Bridalveil Creek, Yosemite, ©Peter Goetz, 2011

Recommended Reading!

In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
by Gabor Mate, M.D. (North Atlantic Books, 2009).

Dr. Mate works as a primary care physician in a 'wet house' in Vancouver with multi-problemed individuals dealing with poverty, trauma, psychiatric, behavioral and addiction problems. He eloquently writes of the intersecting web that his patients - often painted as intelligent, intense, approachable world-weary survivors - struggle with as well as the challenges that health care providers and society-at-large face when acknowledging in real life contact their marginalized lives. A heartfelt, honest, visceral narrative and encounter.


Trauma and Recovery
by Judith Herman, M.D.. Basic Books, 1992.
A very influential book; one of the first books to outline in a general, empathetic and approachable way the pervasive effects of chronic trauma on an individual.

Transforming Trauma: EMDR
by Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. WW Norton, 1997.
A good primer on EMDR's efficacy in working with traumatic memory and re-enactment.

Waking The Tiger, Healing Trauma
by Peter Levine and Ann Frederick.
North Atlantic  Books, 1997

The Stranger In The Mirror
by Marlene Steinberg, Harper-Collins, 2001.
A fine descriptor of the 5 formal categories of dissociation, written for both a professional and general readership.

Trauma and The Body
by Pat Odgen, Kekuni Minton, Clare Pain, W.W. Norton, 2006.
The best book I’ve seen on trauma theory and practice, from a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy perspective, an approach that Pat Odgen developed. Thorough and very well written.

Books & CDs

Anything by Pema Chodron comes highly recommended. Pema is an American born Buddhist teacher with an ability to transform and translate complex Buddhist teachings into a language of everyday experience that is wonderfully accessible.