What is Women for Sobriety?

Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an alternative to the well-known Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. Founded in 1975, WFS is based on the belief that women require a different kind of recovery program than those used primarily by men. Thirteen positive "statements" guide the WFS program. This program differs from AA in that it doesn't include a religious focus, doesn't ask members to examine their pasts and provides women with a female-only environment in which to express their hopes and fears.

The "New Life" WFS program encourages independence, self-reliance and leaving the past behind.

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