Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous and other abstinence-based 12-step programs are the main form
of treatment for alcoholism in the U.S. But many people are unable to stick with them
and go back to abusing alcohol.
Today there are other options 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 think about any health, psychological, or other conditions that would be made worse
by drinking. This includes moderate drinking. If you're not sure of the best program
for you, ask your healthcare provider or a substance abuse counselor for advice. The
success of programs varies from person to person.
Alternative addiction websites
Information about other approaches to alcoholism is available on the following sites:
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 parts of their
drinking habits may be harmful. It also helps people figure out what they would like
to change and how to put their plans into action.
This is a recovery program and national support group network. It's for people who
have made the decision to reduce their drinking and make other positive lifestyle
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)
The goal of SMART recovery is to build coping skills in people so they can maintain
abstinence. It's focused on behavior change by building motivation, coping with urges,
managing thoughts and behaviors in an effective way, and living a balanced, healthy
Women for Sobriety
WFS seeks to help all women find recovery through self-discovery and by sharing experiences,
hopes, and encouragement with other women in similar situations.