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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates:

Due to the public health concerns of coronavirus, we encourage our students to move to an online platform for their recovery meetings.

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:

Lunch Time Recovery Support, Starting September 10th, Weekly Meetings Thursdays 12-1

Zoom Meeting: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/94534118802

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 the campus is closed.

Find other local AA meetings at aa.org

Interested in creating a new recovery meeting on campus? Email us at recovery@gmu.edu


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.

DayTime Location
Monday7:30pmFairfax Christian Church: 10185 Main Street
Tuesday (Women Only)1:00pmFairfax Presbyterian Church: 10723 Main Street
Saturday (Women Only)10:00amSt. George's United Methodist Church: 4910 Ox Road
Sunday7:00pmSalvation Army: 4915 Ox Road
Near Arlington's Campus
Tuesday8:00pmSt. George's Episcopal Church: 915 North Oakland St, Arlington
Wednesday (Women Only)7:30pmWomen's Home: 1628 North George Mason Drive, Arlington
Thursday7:30pmClarendon Presbyterian Church: 1305 North Jackson St, Arlington
Friday7:30pmSt. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church: 3304 Washington Boulevard, Arlington


Al-Anon offers support to friends and family of problem drinkers.

Monday (Spanish Speaking)7:00pmSan Jose Episcopal Church: 911 N Oakland St, Arlington
Tuesday8:00pmFairfax Church of Christ: 3901 Rugby Rd Room 2
Wednesday7:30pmSt. George's United Methodist Church: 4910 Ox Rd
Thursday8:30pmProvidence Presbyterian Church: 9019 Little River Turnpike
Saturday10:00amFirst 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.

Monday7:00pmUnity Club: 1106-B W Broad St, Falls Church
Thursday7:15pmWestminster Presbyterian Church: 2701 Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria
Saturday3:00pmSt. Anne's Episcopal Church: 1700 Wainwright Drive, Room 6, Reston
Sunday7:30pmMessiah Methodist: 6215 Rolling Road, Room 261, Springfield

Celebrate Recovery

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.

Monday8:30pmUnity Club: 116-B W Broad St, Falls Church
2nd and 4th Tuesday7:30pmAlexandria Municipal Detox: 2355 Mill Road (Room 143), Alexandria

Narcotics Anonymous

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

Monday7:00pmSt. Alban's Episcopal Church: 6800 Columbia Pike, Annadale
Tuesday12:00pmUnity Club: 116-B W Broad St, Falls Church
Wednesday7:00pmCora Kelly Rec Center: 25 West Reed Ave, Alexandria
Saturday7:00pmProvidence Presbyterian Church: 9019 Little River Tpke, Fairfax
Sunday6:00pmUnitarian Universalist Church: 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington

Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process.

Monday8:30pmA New Beginning: 4213 Walney Rd, Chantilly
Tuesday7:00pmUnity Club: 116-B W Broad St, Falls Church
Thursday7:30pm46 S Glebe Rd, Arlington (Third Floor)
Friday7:30pmA New Beginning: 4213 Walney Rd, Chantilly

Smart Recovery

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.

Tuesday6:30pm46 South Glebe Road, Arlington (3rd Floor)
Friday6:30pmAlexandria 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

Virginia Hospital Center’s Addiction Treatment Programs (Arlington): (703) 558-6451

Public agencies

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.


Contact recovery@gmu.edu or ssac@gmu.edu.


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.