Withdrawal and Recovery Meeting (WARM) Network

The Withdrawal and Recovery Meeting (WARM) network of groups are confidential support groups for people interested in tapering and recovering from the effects of prescribed medications. While we recognize that drugs have their place, our focus here is on the awareness of risks, on reducing dosages, and on utilizing various alternatives. Many of us have taken medications as prescribed only to experience problems as a result. Some of us are still on medication, while others are tapering, or have finished tapering. We come together to facilitate our healing process and that of others through the sharing of our experience, strength and hope in a shared journey of recovery. The only requirement for participation is a desire to learn about the effects of prescribed medications and how to safely manage withdrawal.

We are not affiliated with any medical, political, religious or other organizations. We do not wish to engage in any controversy; we neither endorse nor oppose any causes. We are not doctors or therapists although we welcome them as members sharing in our common experience. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, ability, creed or denomination, whether taking medication or not. We are each responsible for what we take from our group discussions, how we use the information shared, and for our own individual healing process.

Please visit our contact page if you would like to request a toolkit for setting up a Prescription Medication Withdrawal and Recovery Meeting in your local area.  Resources include a Guide for Facilitators, Suggested Group Format, Suggested Readings, Guiding Traditions, List of Topics, and Sample Flyer.

We are happy you have joined us. You are not alone.

The WARM Network exists through the volunteer efforts of a growing number of laypersons within the withdrawal community who recognize that if there is to be change, it is up to us.  We seek the healing power that only connection can bring, knowing that face to face meetings promote well being in ways that surpass our valuable but limited internet connections.  As we step out of the dark corners of the web and into our local communities, we find power in our numbers, and by our presence send an undeniable message: withdrawal problems are real and must be addressed.  We believe this positive action helps us as much as others, allowing our invisibility and helplessness to dissolve as our strength in Unity grows.