There are more than 200 self-help organizations covering many substances — with worldwide membership in the millions — that now employ a version of the original Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-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, accessible by telephone or online. Follow the links to find meetings near you.
Through 12-step programs, many organizations provide peer-based, nonclinical, nonprofessional support meetings to people in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). As such, the steps focus on socially supportive communication and the exchange of skills through shared experience, with a common theme or “journey.”
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AA and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have been around since the 1930s and ’50s, respectively. These programs have helped many people, but there have always been those for whom they aren’t the best fit.
In the past few decades, we’ve seen more support group options with effective alternatives to the 12-step model that provide different roads to recovery. There are also support meetings for family and friends. Browse some alternative programs to help you find the approach that’s right for you.