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Self-Help Groups for Alcohol Addiction

Posted on :  June 13th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Because addiction is often such an isolating process, support groups are one of the enduring aspects of the treatment process the world over.

A sense of community with individuals who can connect with you directly is a great way to facilitate the journey to recovery and can help sufferers remain positive and on track.

Knowing a little about the resources available to you can help you make informed decisions when you decide that a group should function as a key part of your treatment.

Here are some of the most well known self help groups for the treatment of alcohol addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Perhaps the most famous of all self help groups for alcohol addiction is alcoholics anonymous, a worldwide organization who work on a program based around 12 disparate but progressive steps which are designed to lead the participant to complete abstinence from alcohol long term.

They meet several times a week and operate an optional attendance system, where members can attend as and when they like, meaning it can be integrated into all routines. Members pick a sponsor, an ex-addict, who is there to keep the member on track. The 12 steps involve:

  • Coming to terms with your addiction, and ridding yourself of denial
  • Considering the impact your addiction has had on your past actions and mistakes
  • Redeeming yourself by making amends for past wrongs
  • Helping those earlier on in their journey to sobriety

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) works on a slightly different principle to AA, in that it emphasizes a more science-based, less spiritual journey to abstinence.

In contrast to AA, SOS removes the spiritual content prevalent in AA and replaces it with an increased accentuation of self-empowerment and the strength of the individual in steering their own way to freedom from addiction.

Rather than redistributing the strength for recovery away from the individual and into the hands of a higher power, SOS works on the principle that the power can only come from the sufferer.

Self-management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Self-management and Recovery Training (SMART) works much like traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, and works on the principle that breaking an addictive cycle requires substantial, but gradual, behavioral changes.

SMART is particularly suited to those who respond well to regimented plans, as it aims to provide the recovering addict with actionable techniques and tools with which to combat all stages of recovery.

Of course, AA, SOS and SMART only represent a tiny portion of the self help peer groups available out there, but they can all offer programs that can adapt to the particular needs of the individual, making them some of the most successful.

If you’d like more information about the options available to you as an alcoholic, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

Don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll be happy to help you.

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