12 Step Alternatives
Recovery is a process and without on-going support, most people are not able to stay sober. 12 Step recovery is widely-accepted and for many, the anchor of their recovery. What if a person doesn't believe in the principles of the 12 Steps, but wants support and fellowship with others also trying to stay clean? Are there 12 Step alternative programs that are effective? Here are several organizations to consider, each with their own unique program.
LifeRing Secular Recovery (Local Meetings)
"LifeRing" or "LSR" is a network of support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other drugs.
LifeRing exists to serve recovering alcoholics and addicts, and the general public, by organizing meetings dedicated to sobriety, secularity and self-help, and by providing educational informationtoward that end.
Rational Recovery® is the exclusive, worldwide source of counseling, guidance, and direct instruction on self-recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs through planned, permanent abstinence and an exclusive method called AVRT® (Addictive Voice Recognition Technique®)
The Sinclair Method
Utilizing a technique called pharmacological extinction, The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a treatment for alcohol addiction using an opiate blocker to turn habit-forming behaviors into habit- erasing behaviors. The desired outcome of the technique returns a person’s craving for alcohol to its pre-addiction state.
SMART Recovery® (Self-Management and Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.
More than 300+ face-to-face meetings around the world, 16+ online meetings per week and an online message board for education and support.
SMART Recovery® is recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, American Society of Addiction Medicine.
SOS (Local Meetings)
SOS, Secular Organizations for Sobriety, is a 12 Step alternative program for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12 Step programs. SOS takes a reasonable, secular approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality.
SOS credits the individual for achieving and maintaining his or her own sobriety, without reliance on any "Higher Power." SOS respects recovery in any form regardless of the path by which it is achieved. It is not opposed to or in competition with any other recovery programs.
Women for Sobriety
Based upon a Thirteen Statement Program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth, the "New Life" Program has been extremely effective in helping women to overcome their alcoholism and learn a wholly new lifestyle. As a self help program, it can stand alone or be used along with other programs simultaneously.
Women For Sobriety has self-help groups throughout the world. In addition WFS produces and distributes booklets and literature written specifically to the needs of women alcoholics. Since WFS started in 1976, the "New Life" Program has been adapted for other addictions. In addition many men have requested the Program and Men For Sobriety groups beginning in the United States and Canada.
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