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12 Step Alternatives

Although Alcoholics Anonymous and the other 12 Step groups like Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, etc. are the best known recovery organizations, there are alternatives to the 12 Step Movement. Most of these were created out of the recognition that one size does not fit all. Many of them use a more psychological approach than the 12 Step programs do; most have some sort of group support model with regular group meetings for members. Some are actively opposed to the religious or spiritual tone found in 12 Step groups, while a few embrace a specific kind of spirituality.

Each organization has its own flavor and methods.

Best known alternatives to the 12 Step groups include: Smart Recovery, Rational Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, Secular Organization for Recovery (SOS), the Lenaire Technique, etc.

All of these groups, and others, have websites and are often listed in the white pages of the phone book in areas where they are active.

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