SMART Recovery® (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
Purpose. The goal of SMART Recovery® is to help individuals gain independence from addictive behaviors. It supports individuals who have chosen to abstain or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior (substances or activities).
Approach. SMART® teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance. The program views addictions and compulsions as complex maladaptive behaviors with complications arising from physiological factors including intoxication and withdrawal. It teaches tools and techniques for self-directed change. SMART Recovery® encourages individuals to recover and live satisfying lives by teaching them how to change self-defeating beliefs, emotions and actions and work towards long-term satisfactions.
Meetings are educational and include open discussions. The organization advocates the appropriate use of prescribed medications and psychological treatments. As the scientific knowledge on which the program is based evolves, the program in turn evolves.
The Four Points Program. The program offers a number of specific tools and techniques for each of the four general tasks that lead to recovery:
Point 1: Enhancing and Maintaining Motivation to Abstain
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Problem Solving (Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors)
Point 4: Lifestyle Balance (Balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions)
Scientific or evidence-based. The program is based on scientifically validated principles of change culled from "alcoholism" outcome and "natural (unaided) recovery" research. The program might best be described with phrases like: "Cognitive-Behavioral," "Self-management Skill Training," "Rational Emotive Behavioral," "Motivational Enhancement" and "Solution Focused."
Secular. Some people like the scientific basis of the program and also the fact that is secular. SMART® does not promote nor insist on a spiritual or religious commitment but leaves the spiritual or religious aspects of recovery, if any, up to the individual.
How Help is provided. SMART Recovery® offers free face-to-face and online meetings.
Find a meeting: SMART Recovery® - Meetings In Your Area
Address: SMART Recovery
7537 Mentor Avenue, Suite #306
Mentor, Ohio 44060-5400
Office Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon ET, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Emails are checked daily. Orders for books are processed within 3 days of receipt.
Website: SMART Recovery® Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS)
SOS was founded in 1986 by James Christopher, a recovering person who rejected the spiritual tenets of the 12-Step programs but embraced the social support and commitment to abstinence.
Approach. SOS's approach is "self-empowerment," using a scientific approach, a complex blending of the medical (alcoholism as a disease) model and psychological and social models to achieve sobriety (abstinence), which is its first priority.
SOS emphasizes the individual. It provides a set of recovery tools on its website. Traditionally, each person selects what works for his or her own recovery by putting together an individualized recovery program. There are some meetings in Wisconsin. Check the website for dates, times, locations and contacts. You can also find online meetings there.
Jim Christopher; Save Our Selves (SOS)
4773 Hollywood Blvd.; Hollywood, CA 90027
Attn: Jim Christopher
Find Meetings at: Find an SOS Meeting
SOS Women at: SOSWomen : Turn problems into opportunities!
Email women's group: SOSWomenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Website: index.html LifeRing Secular Recovery.
LifeRing grew out of Secular Organizations for Sobriety. It became a separate organization in 1990.
Make Sobriety Your (Top) Priority.
Approach: Fundamental Principles
Sobriety: Complete abstinence no matter what
Secularity: Relying on human efforts rather than divine intervention
Self-help: The key to recovery is the individual's own motivation and effort
Peer Support and Build Your Own Program
Here's how LifeRing describes its program: "LifeRing optimizes the active ingredient of every organized recovery effort: peer support. LifeRings are small circles with a conversational format, focusing on current events in participants' lives. Feedback (crosstalk) is encouraged. The LifeRing program features an open architecture: how you maintain your sobriety and how you rebuild your life is your choice. There are no steps and no sponsors. . . . Because you design and build it yourself, you become deeply invested in your recovery, planning to grow into a resilient, confident, and independent person who lives life to the fullest, free of alcohol and other addictive drugs."
Meetings are free of religious content. Your faith or your disbelief remains private. There's no "higher power" required for LifeRing recovery. Meetings end with a round of applause for members' progress.
LifeRing suggests that, "If you're inclined to be a rebel or a misfit, if you tend to think outside the box, if you're self-reliant, if you question authority, if you're willing to give and take with other people, and you want to stop drinking and using addictive drugs, then LifeRing may be the recovery path of choice for you."
Address: LifeRing Service Center
1440 Broadway Suite 312; Oakland CA 94612-2023
Phone: (510) 763-0779 LifeRing Home Page General Information About LifeRing Meetings Moderation Management
Purpose. Moderation Management (MM) believes in early intervention for risky drinking behavior and recognizes harm reduction (reducing alcohol abuse) as a worthwhile goal, especially when the total elimination of harm or risk is not a realistic option. It is designed for beginning stage problem drinkers, not for seriously dependent drinkers or alcoholics. MM is often viewed as a less threatening first step to dealing with problem drinking than the abstinence-based approaches.
Approach. MM is a national support group network for people concerned about their drinking who want to learn to drink moderately. Moderate drinking limits are based on research and recommendations from departments of health.
Science. MM is a behavioral change program culled from research on moderate and controlled drinking.
The Nine Step program begins with a 30-day period of abstinence during which other steps, involving learning and other preparation, may be completed. If a person then decides to continue with the moderation program, he or she will drink within the moderate drinking guidelines and limits, monitor (record) his or her drinking and continue to attend the support group meetings. Goal setting techniques and self-management strategies are provided. There is no pressure to continue drinking. Many people succeed at moderation, but many others, after the first 30 days of abstinence or after attempting a period of sustained moderation, decide to continue or return to abstinence as a simpler choice. MM encourages this choice and about 30% of MM members go on to abstinence, many with the help of abstinence-based groups.
Moderation Management Network, Inc.
22 W 27th Street; New York, NY 10001
Website: Moderation Management WOMEN FOR SOBRIETY
Women For Sobriety is both an organization and a self-help program for women alcoholics. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics.
Women For Sobriety has been providing services to women alcoholics since July, 1976. The WFS "New Life" Program grew out of one woman's search for sobriety. (See Turnabout
: New Help for the Woman Alcoholic.) Now hundreds of WFS self-help groups are found all across this country and abroad.
Based upon a Thirteen Statement Program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth, the "New Life" Program has been extremely effective in helping women to overcome their alcoholism and learn a wholly new lifestyle.
As a Program, it can stand alone or be used along with other programs simultaneously.
It is being used not only by women alcoholics in small self-help groups but also in hospitals, clinics, treatment facilities, women centers, and wherever alcoholics are being treated.
What We Do:
The activities of WFS are: the establishment of self-help groups, and the distribution of literature to women who ask for our help.
Unfunded by any agency, WFS derives its operational money from group donations, sale of literature, speaking engagements, workshops, and outside donations.
Why A Program For Women Only?
Until the founding of WFS, it was assumed that any program for recovery from alcoholism would work equally well for women as for men.
When it became obvious that recovery rates for male alcoholics were higher than for females, it was then declared that women were harder to treat and were less cooperative than male alcoholics.
WFS came forth with the belief that women alcoholics require a different kind of program in recovery than the kinds of programs used for male alcoholics.
The success of the WFS "New Life" Program has shown this to be true. Although the physiological recovery from alcoholism is the same for both sexes, the psychological (emotional) needs for women are very different in recovery from those of the male alcoholic.
The "New Life" Program is directed to these specific needs of the woman alcoholic in recovery.
There are an estimated 7,500,000 women alcoholics in the United States alone. That number of women alcoholics is equal to the TOTAL population of: Maine, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah. Surely this large number of women deserve a program that speaks to their specific needs in recovery.
We know the WFS "New Life" Program does this.
Women For Sobriety has self-help groups throughout the world. In addition WFS produces and distributes booklets and literature written specifically to the needs of women alcoholics. Since WFS started in 1976, the "New Life" Program has been adapted for other addictions. In addition many men have requested the Program and Men For Sobriety groups beginning in the United States and Canada.
For additional information including the "New Life" Program and our complete recovery catalog, please contact:
P.O. Box 618
Quakertown, PA 18951-0618
Fax: 215-538-9026 Welcome to Women For Sobriety, Inc.