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If you are in immediate crisis or danger, please dial 911 and get help right away, or go to your nearest emergency room for assistance. If not, here are some resources I recommend.
Substance Abuse /Codependency
Alcoholics Anonymous: 800-662-HELP
Narcotics Anonymous: 800-974-0062
Al-Anon/Alateen Hotline: 800-344-2666
Trauma and Grief
Domestic Violence Help for Survivors in Antelope Valley
Valley Oasis: 661-945-6736
Help for D.V. Perpetrators in Antelope Valley: 661-942-2241
National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-4-A-CHILD
Rape/Incest/Sexual Abuse Survivors
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: 800-656-4673
Grief: Compassionate Friends in the Antelope Valley is a monthly grief support group for parents or siblings who have lost a loved one: (661) 839-2849
LGBT National Helpline: 888-843-4564
LA Gender Center: 310-475-8880
OUTReach Center: 661-927-7433
Support groups can be an important part of taking care of yourself. Below are resources to help you locate free, peer-led as well as fee-for-service in-person and online support group options:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) offers an anonymous peer-to-peer online anxiety and depression support group for individuals and their families to share information and experiences.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides online, peer-led support groups for people living with depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA support groups serve peers, young adults, and friends and family members.
Ivory Garden is an organization that provides online support groups where those who have experienced trauma can talk openly to help each other understand the ins and outs of living with DID, and act as ears for those who need to talk about what is going on in each other’s daily lives.
Open to Hope (Grief) offers an online support forum where individuals share their stories and connect to others coping with grief and loss.
Mental Health America maintains a free, online mental health discussion community. Discussion topics include mental health concerns, support for family and friends, and coping with mental health stigma.
Schizophrenia & Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) offers weekly conference call groups for individuals and family & friends.
Support Group Central offers virtual support groups on various mental health topics. Groups are typically run by mental health professionals from non-profit agencies. Group dates/times vary depending on the topics. Support groups are free or low-cost.
Smart Recovery manages 40+ weekly peer-led online recovery meetings and 24/7 discussion forum and support.
NAMI has been working to continue offering education programs, support groups and HelpLine support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of limitations on gatherings, we strongly recommend calling your local NAMI Affiliate or visit their webpage for the latest information on NAMI Education Program and Support Group scheduling and also, local resources and services. To locate the NAMI nearest you, please click - Find Your Local NAMI.
Books for Trauma Survivors and People in Mourning
Sometimes it can help to read about other people's experiences of trauma and grief, and how they came through those experiences intact. There are also many terrific books by clinicians who have guided therapy clients through their own negative experiences. Here are some of my favorite books that I'd like to share with you:
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman (May 30, 1997)
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (September 25, 2014)
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine and Ann Frederick (Jul 7, 1997)
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild (Oct 17, 2000)
Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse by Lisa M. Najavits (Dec 14, 2001)
The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition by John W. James and Russell Friedman (Mar 3, 2009)
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt (Feb 1, 2004)
When Children Grieve... by John W. James, Russell Friedman and Leslie Matthews (Jun 4, 2002)
Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying by Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine (Jan 18, 1989)
For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing by Alice Miller, Hildegarde Hannum and Hunter Hannum (Nov 14, 2002)
Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents by Nina Brown EdD LPC (Apr 1, 2008)
I can help you make sense of the feelings that come up while reading these books; I'd be happy to help you if you call 661-233-6771.