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Recovery and Mutual Support Systems

Support Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous® - A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Alcoholics Anonymous® The Big Book  - Explains the Twelve Step program and offers forty-two personal stories of recovered alcoholics.

Al-Anon and Alateen - For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. This site includes information on finding meetings and support groups, information for professionals, and access to selections from the monthly publication The Forum.

For those who don't like the 12-step approach, there are several other support groups available.

SMART Recovery - This group uses research-based cognitive techniques to help alcoholics recover.

LifeRing Recovery - A non-religious self-help recovery organization for individuals who seek group support to achieve abstinence from alcohol and other addictive drugs.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) - SOS takes a self-empowerment approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from all else.

Women For Sobriety - A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.

Moderation Management - A behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes.

Peer Support Networks

SAMHSA News, Volume 12, 2004 “Peer-to-Peer Program Promotes Recovery” - Article explaining the history and benefits of peer-to-peer support, with information about various groups around the United States and links to its Recovery Community Services Program at SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) – Program designs and delivers peer-to-peer recovery support services to help individuals in their communities initiate and sustain recovery and gain overall wellness. RCSP grant projects focus on helping individuals and improving the quality of life in their communities. You can find links to locate RCSP programs from this site.

Advocacy Groups

Faces and Voices of Recovery - A national campaign of individuals and organizations joining together with a united voice advocating for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Office - A non-profit grass roots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide. Their focus is to look for effective solutions to drunk driving and underage drinking problems, while supporting those who have already experienced the pain of these senseless crimes.

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