Onala Recovery Center is a nonprofit providing a safe community space where individuals and their loved ones can find resources, support and fellowship in their recovery from substance use disorder. We offer a safe, inclusive environment based on peer-to-peer recovery, a proven method in supporting long-term recovery. Our facility is centrally located in Pittsburgh's West End at 1625 West Carson Street near the Duquesne Incline along more than one dozen bus lines. Onala is the oldest of the few permanent facilities in Pittsburgh to fill this vital role and is one of the largest facilities of its kind on the East Coast. 

Onala was founded as a social club for members of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1952 ("Onala" is an abbreviation of Alcoholics Anonymous spelled backwards). What was once a small, private club is now a full-service public resource center for recovering individuals and their loved ones. 


  • More than 40 recovery meetings of various fellowships each week 

  • Narcan distribution and training 

  • Certified Recovery Specialists 

  • Peer-to-peer recovery services 

  • Treatment and sober living referral and placement

  • Assistance navigating treatment and social services systems

  • Food and fellowship

Program Objectives:

  • To provide a social environment free of drugs and alcohol for people who are in various stages of recovery.

  • To provide an atmosphere free of "peer pressure" to use drugs and alcohol.

  • To enhance the spiritual, social and economic welfare of the recovering community of Allegheny County.

  • To educate its clientele on the disease of addiction.

  • To provide programs, activities and a meeting place for recovering individuals and their loved ones. 

  • To provide a central meeting place where recovering people in the Greater Pittsburgh area can go for support.

  • To provide the out-of-town recovering person a drug and alcohol-free environment.