Heroin Anonymous (HA) Fellowship

Last Edited: February 16, 2020

Author
Claudia Rose

Clinically Reviewed
Mark Frey, LPCC, LICDC, NCC

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

What is Heroin Anonymous?

Heroin Anonymous (HA) has adopted the principles and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous in providing a fellowship for heroin addicts specifically. This fellowship is young compared to the other fellowships, but the approach and support system they provide for recovering heroin addicts is real and effective.

In the past decade, HA has expanded across four countries, helping hundreds of recovering heroin addicts maintain a clean lifestyle. This fellowship has been a beacon of hope for others who are suffering and for the families struggling to understand.

It has been a long road to recovery, but those who have benefited from the HA organization go on to live a life that is fulfilling surrounded by a sober community that cares. A membership free from fees with not hidden agenda or corporate funding. Hosted by recovering addicts and sponsored by recovering addicts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sponsorship and is it required for membership?
In Heroin Anonymous, sponsorship is an informal arrangement between new and experienced members to help newer members learn about recovery from addiction. Those who have been sober for an extended amount of time show that it is possible to overcome the struggle with heroin. When it comes to heroin people tend to need all the support they can get to remain sober. Sponsorship is just an extend support system for comments of crisis. If you are working Steps toward recovery, sponsors can help you complete them and if you need guidance, a sponsor can help you stay on the right path.

Will everyone know I am struggling with a heroin addiction if I attend a HA meetings?
HA is entirely anonymous with the intentions of keeping your identity and experiences private. You do not have to share your experiences with the group nor do you have to participate.

Does HA members have to attend meetings for the rest of their life?
Not necessarily, but — as one member has suggested — “Most of us want to, and some of us may need to.” Most recovering heroin addicts don’t like to be told what to do. Those who attend meetings find they enjoy them and keep coming back to help them stay on the right path.

HA Fellowship Traditions and Values

Heroin Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women who share their solution to overcoming heroin addiction with those struggling to maintain a drug free lifestyle. HA has adopted the principles and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous in providing a fellowship for heroin addicts specifically. HA practices complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol. By meeting on a regular basis and establishing a strong support system with sponsorships, HA is able to help one another stay sober.

The only requirement for an HA membership is the candid desire to stop using heroin. There are no dues or fees for HA membership nor is HA allied with any denomination, politics, sect, organization or institution. Heroin Anonymous is dedicated to the personal recovery and maintained sobriety of heroin addicts who need hope that there is a better future for them than a heroin abuse lifestyle.

Drug counselling, chemical dependency treatment, medical treatment, or therapy of any kind is not provided at any HA meetings. The members consist of people who have found a better way of life and wish share their experience with others to instill hope. They have recovered from their addiction and wish to offer their support to those who are still suffering and wish to be free from the grip of heroin themselves. HA fellowship is fully self-supporting and accepts voluntary donations from the members to cover meeting location costs.

HA’s Brief History in Time

Heroin Anonymous (HA) was established in 2004 when two recovering heroin addicts embraced the principles from Alcohol Anonymous (AA) to create a fellowship for those who were struggling with a heroin addiction. With the best intentions in mind, these two men founded their first HA meeting and constructed fliers to raise awareness about their new fellowship for recovering heroin addicts.

August 12, 2004 the first HA meeting was held at the Hope House, an alcoholics and addicts half-way house, in Phoenix, Arizona. The two founders understood the success of the AA program, what it meant to have a strong support system, and how rewarding it would feel to have a fellowship that understood the struggles a heroin addict went through and the special support they needed.

By November 11th, 2004 Heroin Anonymous had literature and pamphlets drafted, meeting formats scheduled and in no time Phoenix HA Intergroup welcomed recovering heroin addicts of Arizona to find the support they needed to stay off of heroin.

In the past decade, HA has expanded across four countries, helping hundreds of recovering heroin addicts maintain a clean lifestyle, and start new meetings in places that need it the most. The fellowship is young compared to the other fellowships, but the solution and support system they provide for recovering heroin addicts is real and effective.

Disclaimer: DetoxtoRehab.com is in no way affiliated with Heroin Anonymous nor do we receive funding from the organization for endorsing their fellowship. Our goal is to educate those in need about aftercare programs that help maintain sobriety and help those struggling with addiction find a meeting. Please attend an HA meeting for literature or visit their website for more information.