Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is one of the most commonly known self-help groups out there – with meetings that take place on a weekly basis, people from all walks of life can come in and talk about what they’re going through while also learning from others and creating a deeper spiritual connection with a Higher Power. Other self-help groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and even non-12 step programs such as SMART Recovery and Women for Sobriety offer group support to those who need a community of people with similar problems or experiences. Self-help groups can provide much-needed support, but they tend to work best alongside the treatment programs at Avalon Malibu. In many cases, these support programs add an additional layer of community support than can only strengthen a person’s recovery.
If you’re deciding whether or not to join a self-help group, it’s important to look at each group and determine which one most closely aligns with your beliefs, values, and attitudes towards healing, life and recovery. Be sure not to disregard 12-Step groups if you think they may be an option, but do note that previous studies have shown that non-12 Step programs are just as successful as 12-step groups. Both have many benefits, each different in their approach. As long as you attend regularly, create meaningful connections and get something great out of the program you attend, that’s truly all that matters.
At this point, you may be wondering, what are the differences? In your research, you’ll notice that some groups emphasize religion while others don’t – you’ll also find that some programs are more structured in agreed-upon rules for recovery and lifestyle habits, while others are a bit more flexible. All in all, what truly matters is that you attend something that is conducive to your recovery – something that uplifts, motivates, inspires, and provides you with the support you need to get through challenging times.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life.