Through “12 step programs” many organizations provide peer-based, non-clinical, non-professional support meetings to people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). As such, these steps focus on socially supportive communication and the exchange of skills through shared experience with a common theme or “journey.”
There are over 200 self-help organizations covering many substances – with worldwide membership in the millions – who now employ a version of the original AA twelve-step principles of recovery. The fundamentals of each program include; acceptance of the disease model of addiction, developing belief in a higher power to give strength, examining past errors, making amends, sponsorship (mentoring others) and service. Meetings are generally available in person, telephone and online. Follow the links to find meetings near you.