Self-help Groups

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
"Is a fellowship of men and women who share their
experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common
problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for
membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA
membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not
allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not
wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our
primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety."
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
"Is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and
women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We...meet regularly to
help each other stay clean. ...We are not interested in what or how much you
used ...but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can
help."
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
"Is a fellowship of men and women who share their
experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common
problem and help others to recover from their addiction ... Our primary purpose
is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help
others achieve the same freedom."
Al-Anon
"Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share
their experiences, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.
We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid
recovery ... Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do
this by practicing the twelve Steps. By welcoming and giving comfort to families
of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic."
Alateen
"Is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose
lives have been affected by someone else's drinking." "Alateen is part of AlAnon,
which helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of
living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Alateen is our recovery
program for young people. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members.
Our program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based
upon the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service. The
only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a
relative or friend. Al-Anon/Alateen is not affiliated with any other organization or
outside entity." Through Alateen younger people
come together to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with each other;
discuss their difficulties; learn effective ways to cope with their problems;
encourage one another; help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon
program; and learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve
Traditions.
Rational Recovery
Emphasizes that individuals can take charge of their lives and
they are capable of making the choice not to drink. It uses the addictive voice
recognition technique (AVRT) to assist the individual to become aware of
thoughts that support drinking behaviors. "Rational Recovery (RR) is a non-profit
organization of self-help groups that use the principles of Rational Emotive
Therapy (RET) as developed by Albert Ellis, Ph.D. RR is a national organization
and an outgrowth of the Humanist movement. The basic philosophy of RR is
based on the self-reliance of the individual and his or her ability to use rational
thinking as the mainstay in a program of sustained abstinence from alcohol and
chemical addiction."
Moderate Management (MM)
Is not intended for the alcoholic/alcohol dependent
person. It is intended for individuals considered problem drinkers who
have experienced minor alcohol-related problems. Abstinence is not seen as the
primary goal, but MM suggests guidelines and limits for moderate drinking. It "is
a behavioral change program and national support group network for people
concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes.
MM empowers individual to accept personal responsibility for choosing and
maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. MM promotes
early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior when moderate drinking is a
more easily achievable goal."
The Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS)
Also known as Save Our Selves,
group accepts individuals regardless of the chemical to which they are addicted
and promote a one-day-at-a-time philosophy toward sobriety.
It is a non-religious, non-spiritual means of obtaining sobriety, sobriety being the
priority of the addicts' life.
Women for Sobriety (WFS)
Is another group with a spiritual base. Believing that
the 12-steps of AA work better for men, they emphasize the power of positive
emotions. This concept has spread to the formulation of Men for Sobriety (MFS).
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