What self-help resources are available for substance abuse?

Fredrick Wade
Addiction Medicine
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Smart Recovery, Rational Recovery, LifeRing Meetings, Women For Sobriety, just to name a few. What is most important about this list is that I have included 12 step and non 12-Step support groups as well.  I did so because there is increasing recognition of the need for alternative community based support networks.  New support group approaches have made recovery more palatable to those who have historically found only one option, which was not for them because they were either atheist or agnostic.  Thus they were seeking something different.  This change allows more people to see recovery as possible for them, and their attendant values and beliefs.  Simply stated as the doorway to recovery widens by offering more support options, we are and will continue to see more people willing to seek recovery.  
Self-help resources include:
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Al-Anon Family Groups
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Cocaine Anonymous
  • Marijuana Anonymous
  • Oxford House
  • Nicotine Anonymous
  • Secular Org. for Sobriety
  • Double Trouble in Recovery
  • SMART Recovery
  • Women for Sobriety
  • Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

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