The problem of abuse of alcohol and other substances is growing in the South Asian community. It is often under-recognized and unaddressed. Its effects on individuals, their careers, and their families can be devastating. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to facilitate rehabilitation and recovery.
Many find it empowering and effective to attend local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. AA meetings are free and are offered in every town. Many South Asians avoid attending AA meetings because they feel culturally out of place.
South Asian AA meetings are held in Central New Jersey. SAMHIN encourages those with drinking problem to attend AA meetings. South Asian AA Meetings, like all other AA meetings, are run by the AA members, independent of SAMHIN.
Hospitalized Alcoholic Patients
A hospitalized alcoholic South Asian patient can call an AA Member at one of the numbers listed below or, with the patient’s permission, the hospital staff can call the member on behalf of the patient. The member will visit/contact the patient to provide guidance and information on AA recovery. This will help in improving the chances of follow-up care and recovery.
Global Gratitude Group AA – (Formerly South Asian Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings in Central New Jersey
South Asian AA meetings are held every Thursday from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Iselin, NJ. No appointment is necessary – any individual with an alcohol problem and a desire to quit is welcome.
Every Thursday 8:00:00 PM – 9:00 PM Note: The “room” will be open at 7:45pm and you can join the informal chat before the formal meeting starts.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the meetings are held online. You can join the meeting during the scheduled time by clicking the following link:
If you have questions or problems accessing an online meeting, please call/text Devan at 732-519-2208. If you are having Internet problems, you can join the meeting by calling 669-900-6833. When prompted, enter meeting ID 81322055835.
First Presbyterian Church
1295 Oak Tree Road (enter on Middlesex Ave)
Iselin, NJ 08830
If you have a question, feel free to call one of the individuals below. They all speak English and at least one South Asian language.
- Gurmeet: 732-718-3841 (Punjabi and Hindi)
- Dipak: 732-233-5938 (Gujarati and Hindi)
- Chandu: 732-546-4309 (Telugu)
- Manoj: 252-955-4662 (Gujarati and Hindi)
- Devan 732-519-2208 (Gujarati, Marathi, and Hindi)