Alcoholics Anonymous is arguable the largest resource for recovery in the world. Most treatment centers will take patients to various twelve step meetings. Heroin Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous are sister programs of AA. Twelve step meetings are not the only option for fellowship and recovery. Here are a few other options people have great success with:
SMART Recovery is arguably the second largest recovery fellowship next to Alcoholics Anonymous. Standing for Self-Management for Addiction Recovery, SMART recovery is founded in empowering the individual. Tools for recovery are based on scientific research and evidence based practice. Instead of 12 steps, SMART focuses on 4 points:
1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
2: Coping with Urges
3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and BehavioUrs
4: Living a Balanced Life
Secular and abstinence based, Life Ring Recovery is based in peer support. Meetings are based on encouragement, support and guidance amongst peers. Rather than follow a specific program Life Ring promotes the development and individuation of each person’s journey through abstinence.
Based in Christian faith, Celebrate Recovery uses the bible as a guiding text for recovery. Following a twelve step program similar but different from AA, Celebrate Recovery offers structure, fellowship and support. Celebrate Recovery is open to anyone who has experienced pain or an unbreakable habit which impact their lives in negative ways. There are other religious recovery groups as well, from Jewish-faith recovery groups to Buddhism recovery groups.