The Recovery Center of Northern Virginia recommends the following books, inpatient treatment facilities, and websites.

Addiction and Recovery

Under the Influence : A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism,
by James Robert Milam, Katherine Ketcham

Beyond the Influence : Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism,
by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad, Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,
by Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism (The Big Book),
by AA World Services

Narcotics Anonymous,
by Narcotics Anonymous

Intervention & Treatment

Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction,
by Jeff Jay, Debra Jay

Intervention : How to Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help,
by Vernon E. Johnson

When They Won’t Quit: A Call to Action for Families, Friends and Employers of Alcohol and Drug-Addicted People,
by Bruce Cotter

I’ll Quit Tomorrow : A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment,
by Vernon E. Johnson

What is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families,
by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration


Facing Codependence : What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives,
by Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller

Codependent No More : How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself,
by Melody Beattie

Codependents’ Guide to the 12 Steps,
by Melody Beattie

Inpatient Treatment

Some clients initially need more intensive treatment than what is available in an outpatient setting.  For those clients, RCNV recommends inpatient/residential treatment at some of the finest facilities in the country.
Father Martin’s Ashley – (800) 799-4673

Father Martin’s Ashley provides residential alcoholism and drug addiction treatment and relapse treatment for men and women, and offers special programs for patients’ family members and children.  Ashley is situated on 45 acres overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The campus location, a few miles from Havre de Grace, MD at the head of the bay, provides a unique therapeutic and spiritual setting.

Caron – (800) 678-2332

Caron is a caring treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life. Caron is a nationally recognized leader in alcoholism or other drug addiction treatment for adults and adolescents.  The main campus is located in Wernersville, PA.

Orchid – (888) 672-4435

Located in Palm Springs, FL, Orchid Drug Rehabilitation Center for Women is a unique alcohol and drug rehabilitation center offering women a treatment approach specifically designed for women’s recovery from drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

Cottonwood de Tucson – (800) 877-4520

Cottonwood is located just outside of the city limits of Tucson, AZ in a quiet and private rural setting. Programs include treatment for adults, young adults, and adolescent girls.

New! Serenity Acres Treatment Center  – (800) 440-0714

A holistic residential center treating addiction and related mental health disorders located near Annapolis, MD.

New! The Meadows – (800) MEADOWS

Located in Arizona, The Meadows reaches beyond the treatment of addictions, behavioral disorders and psychological conditions to diagnose and treat the underlying issues.

Links to other resources

Hope Line Inc.

Hope LINE Inc. is a not-for-profit organization developed to help chemically dependent people get treatment. Hope Line began as a result of the frustration and heart break at the numerous and unnecessary deaths from addiction because of a lack of funding or insurance coverage. Our team has developed programs to help individuals and families find the appropriate treatment facility and begin the process of recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA)

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.  For AA meetings in Virginiaclick here.

Narcotics Anonymous® (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide.  For NA meetings in Virginiaclick here.


The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems.  Members believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.  For meetings in Virginia click here.