Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is one of the most well-known self-help groups out there. People from all different backgrounds come together at these meetings to share their addiction stories, seek support from their fellows, and learn how to progress in their sobriety. Other self-help groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and even non-12 step programs, such as SMART Recovery and Women for Sobriety, offer wonderful support to people who are in similar circumstances seeking additional help. Self-help groups provide support similar to that found in more formal treatment programs. However, experience has shown that recovery benefits from a combination of both.
Choosing the Right Self-Help Group for You
Most treatment programs will require that you decide on a self-help group to focus on and worth through during your enrollment. During this process, it’s crucial to start breaking down the types of groups available, what they stand for, what the formatting is like, and what you’d like to get out of it. High levels of participation, satisfaction, and cohesion among members are a few things you might consider as well. Although 12-step self-help groups tend to be the most popular, non-12-step groups have proven just as successful. It’s important to do your research with an open mind, as you never know where you might find your solution. Regardless of which self-help group you choose to join, it’s likely that you’ll find exactly what you need.
During your research, you’ll notice that some groups emphasize religion while others don’t. Maybe you also find that some programs are more structured using steps, while others are based on a more open, discussion-based format. At the end of the day, what truly matters is that you join a group that speaks to your heart; one that uplifts and motivates you. Seek inspiration by joining the groups that make you feel as though you’re gaining the tools you need to strengthen and grow in your recovery.
Looking for Support?
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. We offer individualized treatment programs to help you develop the tools necessary to live a life of freedom and happiness. It’s never too late to make a change, and you don’t have to do it alone. At Avalon Malibu, we are here to help you take your first steps on the road to recovery. Call us today to learn more at 844-857-5992.