WHO WE ARE
Onala Recovery Center is a nonprofit providing a safe community space where individuals from all walks of life can find resources, support and fellowship in their recovery from substance use disorder. We are centrally located in Pittsburgh's West End at 1625 West Carson Street, just one mile from Station Square.
While some recovering individuals can resume a normal life with the help of recovery programs alone, others feel the need for companionship in a safe, inclusive social environment created by people who understand. 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. An estimated 1,600 people visit Onala each week.
"Onala" is an abbreviation of Alcoholics Anonymous spelled backwards: "AlAno." This was done to protect the anonymity of members when it was first founded in 1952. The Center now hosts meetings for groups from various organizations including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous.
Our Mission is to provide the community with a facility that offers an environment of recovery from alcohol, drug and other addictions through education, social interaction and fellowship.
• To provide a social environment which is 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 members and prospective clientele on the disease of addiction.
• To provide programs, activities and a meeting place for its members,their families and associates.
• To provide a central meeting place where recovering people in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area can go for human support when needed.
• To provide the out-of-town recovering person a drug and alcohol-free environment.