If you have made a decision that you might benefit from stopping drinking or using addictive substances, and are considering the 12 step programs as a potential solution to your problem, I must say from personal experience you are definitely barking up the right tree. I made the same decision 20 years ago and have been sober ever since. The starting point is to begin going to the meetings as soon as possible. At these meetings you will hear what others have done to achieve successful recovery. It is also at these meetings that you will begin to develop your sober support system. Meetings can be found by simply calling the central office of the program of your choice and asking where and when the local meetings are held. Telephone numbers for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can typically be found in the phone book. If you want to contact one of the other anonymous programs, the AA or NA office will usually be able to direct you to them. You can also get the numbers by calling your local alcohol and drug treatment center – also found in the phone book. Meetings can be found in most cities at multiple times during the day and evening hours. When you go to a meeting, pick up a meeting directory so you can plan which meetings you will go to next.