Self Help Groups
By: SOL Recovery Center 21 Jul 2016

There are many self help groups available to help you on the road to recovery from drugs, alcohol, and other addictions. Read more to find a group that best fits your needs and belief system.

An important step in recovery is learning to accept help. There is no weakness in admitting that you probably cannot continue along the recovery path on your own.

Aside from your family and friends, there is also the option of self-help groups. Sharing with strangers may be easier at first, but with continued participation, you may gain the help of someone who has gone before you such as a sponsor. In moments of weakness, even outside of the meeting times, you have someone who knows exactly what you’re going through, and as such, is able to guide you along a road he/she has come to know well.

Which Self Help Groups Are Right For You?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) may be the most popular of the self help groups. Nevertheless, Dual Recovery Anonymous is an option also available. AA is specifically for those recovering from alcoholism, while NA welcomes those overcoming all types of drug addictions. Dual Recovery Anonymous is perfect for those who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse and a psychiatric disorder. AA and NA follow the tried and proven 12-step program. They are very flexible in relation to timing, locations, and also beliefs, as you are required to yield to a higher power to aid in recovery.

Other less known options may include the Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) and Self-Management and Recovery Training Recovery. The former is more suited for those who have an aversion to a spiritual approach, as they are science based. Self-Management and Recovery Training Recovery, or simply SMART Recovery is also science based. At the core, they utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – widely used in treatment centers – as well as working on changing the way one thinks so as to aid this new life of sobriety.

There is a multitude of alternatives that you may engage in to make your journey easier. Choose one and improve your life today.

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