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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse can affect you and the people around you. If you feel that drugs or alchol are negatively affecting your life/ or someone else's life then look below at some of the resources we have put together to assist you.  In need of counselling, click here to head over to our "Helping find a Counsellor" page.

Information on Addiction

Drugs, Brains, Behavior: the Science of Addiction

Identifying what substance addiction and abuse consists of is the first step to fixing the problem. This article delves into how the human brain is wired in relationship with addictive substances and behaviors. This may provide a starting point for anyone looking to change their/ or someone they love behavior.

How to Build a Sober Support Network

This article talks about the challenges faced by people who are trying to recover from addiction, and provides useful tips on how to build a strong support network. This may be helpful for anyone who is looking for advice on how to overcome their addiction and enhance their support network. 

Help for People Suffering from  Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tokyo AA Hotline: 080-9194-7089


Skype meetings available

Alcoholics Anonymous 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. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. The Japan AA centre is in Tokyo, but there are meetings available in cities and military bases across the country.

MAC and DARC Alcoholism and Drug Rehabilitation Centres

Telephone 03-6909-6338

The mission of Maryknoll is to open many Alcoholic and Drug Rehabilitation Centres in Japan. The link provided goes to the page of the Maryknoll blog that provides both a personal account of one of the founders as well as contact information for the Rehabilitation Centres and other informative websites about addiction and substance abuse.

Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center

The National Hospital Kurihama Alcoholism Center is the largest treatment facility for alcoholism in Japan, and at the same time, it also a center for research and training on alcoholism. It is located in Kanagawa and has multiple recovery courses designed for specific demographics.

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