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What Alternative 12-Step Groups Are Available to Me?

What Alternative 12-Step Groups Are Available to Me?

Twelve step groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), have become an incredibly powerful option for many in their journey to recovery, as they provide individuals the opportunity to meet others who can guide them through their challenges and successes. However, these types of groups are often based on a religious foundation, which does not always align with others’ beliefs. In this case, alternative 12-steps have become increasingly popular to satisfy this need. With alternative 12-step groups, you can still experience a system of mentorship without focusing specifically on a religious component.

The following are some very popular alternative 12-step groups:

  • Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery– four main points are focused on with this group: 1) building and maintaining motivation, 2) coping with urges, 3) managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and 4) living a balanced life.
  • LifeRing Secular Recovery– an abstinence-based program that focuses on personal empowerment, strategies, and support for building a rewarding life in recovery.
  • Women for Sobriety– tailored uniquely to women’s needs, this non-profit organization provides a lot of tools and resources for encouraging one’s emotional and spiritual growth – their own way.
  • Moderation Management– this is another non-profit organization that focuses on personal responsibility, balance, and self-management. Responsible drinking is discussed in support groups, with tools to help individuals recognize their own drinking patterns and seek help for any issues that may arise from this.
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety (S.O.S.)– these groups are made up of non-professionals, but nonetheless individuals who have been there before. This organization doesn’t just work with those struggling with substance abuse – they can also provide support for those with other addictions, too.

Twelve step groups can be an incredibly powerful tool for building up your recovery but should not serve as the sole resource for your recovery. Many people find that attending support groups alongside a formal treatment program works best, as it can maximize their support while still giving them the structure they need for their recovery. As author James R. Sherman, Ph.D., once stated,

“You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.”

Start your journey today by seeking the help you deserve. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center now.

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