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The Onala Recovery Center


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 individuals and families impacted by substance use conditions. Onala is one of the oldest and largest facilities of its kind on the East Coast. 

Onala Recovery Center is now a full-service nonprofit providing a safe community space where individuals with substance use disorder and their loved ones can find resources, support and fellowship. We offer a safe, inclusive environment centered around peer-to-peer recovery. Our facility is open every day and is centrally located in Pittsburgh's West End near the Duquesne Incline along one dozen bus lines. Stop in or call today to see how we can help you in your recovery no matter where you are in your journey. 


  • Daily recovery meetings of various fellowships 

  • Free Narcan and monthly training

  • Certified Recovery Specialists 

  • Peer-to-peer recovery

  • Rehab and detox referral

  • Sober living placement

  • Free condoms

  • Assistance navigating treatment and social services systems

  • Food and fellowship


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

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

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

  • Educate its clientele on the disease of addiction.

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

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

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

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