Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous
Although Alcoholics Anonymous and other abstinence-based 12-step programs are the
primary form of treatment for alcoholism in the United States, many people are unable
to stick with them and return to dependence on alcohol.
Today there are alternatives to 12-step programs. Some treatment programs teach problem
drinkers to reduce their drinking. This approach appeals to people who otherwise might
not seek treatment. These programs are based on the belief that people can change
their drinking behaviors.
To be successful at moderation or abstinence requires effort and a commitment to change.
You should take into account the severity of your drinking problem. You also need
to consider any medical, psychological, or other conditions that would be made worse
by drinking. This includes moderate drinking. If you're unsure of the best program
for you, ask your healthcare provider or a substance abuse counselor for advice.
Alternative addiction sites
Information regarding alternative approaches to alcoholism is available on the following
Alcohol Management. Alcohol Management is a confidential program that helps people eliminate drinking
problems by reducing drinking or stopping altogether. This program isn't for those
who are severely dependent or alcoholic and need treatment approaches rather than
Harm Reduction Therapy Center. The Harm Reduction approach helps users set and meet their own goals for gaining
control over drinking and drugs. This organization helps people determine which aspects
of their drinking habits may be harmful, what they would like to change and how to
put their intentions into action.
Moderation Management. Moderation Management is a recovery program and national support group network for
people who have made the decision to reduce their drinking and make other positive
Rational Recovery. Rational Recovery uses a method called Addictive Voice Recognition Technique. This
is a behavioral program that can be self-administered through self-help books and
SMART Recovery. The goal of SMART Recovery is to build skills in people so they can maintain abstinence.
It's for those who like a do-it-yourself approach with very little structure.
Addiction Alternatives. Addiction Alternatives practices the philosophy that one can learn how to overcome
addiction without stopping drinking forever.
Behavior Therapy Associates. This site offers a list of therapists across the country who help people practice
moderation in drinking alcohol. It also offers software and publications to help with