Unity Club Provides Open Door for Support

Keith Loria Around Town

For more than 30 years, the Unity Club in Falls Church has provided an important and vital meeting place for those in Northern Virginia, who need a little
help to get through their days.

Located at 116B West Broad St., the Unity Club offers a home for Alcoholic Anonymous and other 12-Step recovery programs, with a wide variety of meetings that take place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, 365 days a year.

According to Karl E Hoffman, the Unity Club’s executive director, this 501(c)(3) organization provides the newly recovering alcoholic a safe, comfortable, sanctuary while offering more established 12-Step followers a variety of meeting types and schedule convenience.

The non-profit partners with The City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, and Arlington County, in addition to local substance abuse treatment centers and mental health facilities, to provide a reliable facility to introduce patients and clients to the long-term recovery techniques embodied in Twelve-Step fellowships.

The meetings are there to provide support, knowledge and information about recovery from compulsive disorders through discussion groups and lectures, as part of a voluntary mental health care program.

With 120 12-Step meetings per week—20 programs being offered, for everything from eating disorders to sex & love addicts to survivors of incest—the Unity Club is there to help anyone with recovery and has experts on hand to make sure that no one needs to go through this pain alone.

The complete list of fellowship consists of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous); ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics); CLA (Clutterers Anonymous); EDA (Eating Disorders Anonymous); NA (Narcotics Anonymous); SIA (Survivors of Incest Anonymous); ADA (Affective Disorders Anonymous); CoDA (Codependants Anonymous); FA (Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous); OA (Overeaters Anonymous); SLAA (Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous); Al (Anon/AlaTeen); DA (Debtors Anonymous); MA (Marijuana Anonymous); SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous); and WA (Workaholics Anonymous).

As one recent attendee said: “Broke and new to recovery, I came to my first meeting on Saturday. An hour-and-a-half later I was still broke, but had an experienced sponsor, a Big Book, and hope. I surely had some hope.”

Following the holidays, those involved with Unity Club know that it can be a lonely or difficult time for many, and invite anyone who feels like they need some help, want to talk, or just want to listen to come on by as their doors are open.

Unity Club

116B West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

(703) 534-9835

www.unityclub.com