George Mason University strives to be a community that is accessible, welcoming, inclusive, and encouraging to students in recovery. If you are a student in recovery, friend or family member of someone in recovery, or just looking to hang out with other sober people, check out the rest of this page!
Patriots for Recovery is currently recruiting students that identify with being in recovery, having a substance use disorder, eating disorder or other process addictions who are looking to build a community on Mason’s campus for peer to peer support. Interested? Please fill out our interest form and someone will reach out to you.
Campus Resources for Recovery
Patriots For Recovery
Patriots for Recovery is excited to be actively seeking members! Here’s what we’re about:
Our mission is to provide community support and access to resources for George Mason University students recovering from substance use disorders, eating disorders and/or other process addictions.
We wish to develop a comprehensive, abstinence-based program that offers solutions to the unique issues that students in recovery face. This program will include recovery, academic, and financial resources as well as recovery-specific education, meeting spaces, and housing vital to fostering a thriving community of peers.
We need your involvement to carry out our mission and bring our vision a reality. Contact us with ideas, concerns, and comments. We are here for you!
Patriots for Recovery meetings:
We are currently developing regularly scheduled meetings for the Spring 2020 semester and we want your input.
Come to one of our tabling events for more information:
- January 23 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at JC Kiosk D
- January 29 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Southside Dining Hall
Come to our information sessions to provide your input and create this community together:
- February 5 from 3pm to 4pm in the SSAC Office (SUB1, Suite 3200)
- February 6 from 12pm to 1pm in the SSAC Office (SUB1, Suite 3200)
Can’t make our meetings? Please fill out our interest form and we will get you connected.
AA Meetings (@GMU)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA is a “fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism
Sundays 10:30am in Engineering Hall 1108
Wednesdays 7:30pm in SUB 1, 3008
Meetings do not occur when Mason is closed for winter break.
Interested in creating a new recovery meeting on campus? Email us at email@example.com
Off Campus Resources
Recovery Meetings come in all different types of forms. Below are a few meetings that are close to campus. Click on the links for a full list of meetings in the area. If you are ever uncomfortable at a meeting, please inform our office so that we do not recommend these meetings anymore.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
|Monday||7:30pm||Fairfax Christian Church: 10185 Main Street|
|Tuesday (Women Only)||1:00pm||Fairfax Presbyterian Church: 10723 Main Street|
|Saturday (Women Only)||10:00am||St. George's United Methodist Church: 4910 Ox Road|
|Sunday||7:00pm||Salvation Army: 4915 Ox Road|
|Near Arlington's Campus|
|Tuesday||8:00pm||St. George's Episcopal Church: 915 North Oakland St, Arlington|
|Wednesday (Women Only)||7:30pm||Women's Home: 1628 North George Mason Drive, Arlington|
|Thursday||7:30pm||Clarendon Presbyterian Church: 1305 North Jackson St, Arlington|
|Friday||7:30pm||St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church: 3304 Washington Boulevard, Arlington|
Al-Anon offers support to friends and family of problem drinkers.
|Monday (Spanish Speaking)||7:00pm||San Jose Episcopal Church: 911 N Oakland St, Arlington|
|Tuesday||8:00pm||Fairfax Church of Christ: 3901 Rugby Rd Room 2|
|Wednesday||7:30pm||St. George's United Methodist Church: 4910 Ox Rd|
|Thursday||8:30pm||Providence Presbyterian Church: 9019 Little River Turnpike|
|Saturday||10:00am||First Presbyterian Church of Arlington: 601 N Vermont St|
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) is an anonymous 12-step program for those who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional families.
|Monday||7:00pm||Unity Club: 1106-B W Broad St, Falls Church|
|Thursday||7:15pm||Westminster Presbyterian Church: 2701 Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria|
|Saturday||3:00pm||St. Anne's Episcopal Church: 1700 Wainwright Drive, Room 6, Reston|
|Sunday||7:30pm||Messiah Methodist: 6215 Rolling Road, Room 261, Springfield|
Celebrate Recovery is “a Christ-centered 12 step recovery program that helps us deal with life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups”
Meetings happen every Friday at 7:00pm at New Hope Church at 8905 Ox Road, Lorton
Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
Marijuana Anonymous (MA) is a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.
|Monday||8:30pm||Unity Club: 116-B W Broad St, Falls Church|
|2nd and 4th Tuesday||7:30pm||Alexandria Municipal Detox: 2355 Mill Road (Room 143), Alexandria|
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) “is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.” (888) 452-4673 – National Number; (703) 435-1230 – Dulles Corridor
|Monday||7:00pm||St. Alban's Episcopal Church: 6800 Columbia Pike, Annadale|
|Tuesday||12:00pm||Unity Club: 116-B W Broad St, Falls Church|
|Wednesday||7:00pm||Cora Kelly Rec Center: 25 West Reed Ave, Alexandria|
|Saturday||7:00pm||Providence Presbyterian Church: 9019 Little River Tpke, Fairfax|
|Sunday||6:00pm||Unitarian Universalist Church: 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington|
Refuge Recovery is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process.
|Monday||8:30pm||A New Beginning: 4213 Walney Rd, Chantilly|
|Tuesday||7:00pm||Unity Club: 116-B W Broad St, Falls Church|
|Thursday||7:30pm||46 S Glebe Rd, Arlington (Third Floor)|
|Friday||7:30pm||A New Beginning: 4213 Walney Rd, Chantilly|
SMART Recovery provides support to individuals who are considering or engaging in abstinence from any type of addictive behavior. SMART Recovery does not focus on religion in its process.
|Tuesday||6:30pm||46 South Glebe Road, Arlington (3rd Floor)|
|Friday||6:30pm||Alexandria Community Shelter and Substance Abuse Services Center: 2355 Mill Road, Alexandria|
Substance Abuse Treatment
Individual clinicians conduct substance abuse assessments and provide treatment in the community. Consult the provider list on your health insurance company’s web site and look for therapists who are Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC after their name) or Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners (LSATP).
Private Agencies (in alphabetical order)
Harrison House (Annandale): (703) 256-6474
Inova Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services (CATS): (703) 776-7771
National Counseling Group (Annandale): (703) 813-5982
Phoenix House (Arlington): (703) 841-0703 Ext. #1
Recovery Center of Northern Virginia (Herndon and Leesburg): (703) 464-5122
Virginia Hospital Center’s Addiction Treatment Programs (Arlington): (703) 558-6451
Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare: (703) 228-4900
Fairfax County Community Services Board: (703)383-8500
Prince William County Community Services: (703) 792-7800
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Thanks to Transforming Youth Recovery, for their support, which helps Mason raise awareness on campus and create fun opportunities for students in recovery to connect.