Many Pathways To Recovery

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According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 10% of individuals who join a 12 Step program achieve long-term recovery, yet 90% of addiction treatment centers are 12 Step based. There are many paths to recovery; the 12 Steps is one path that works for a lot of people, but it doesn't work for everyone. The only "right" path to recovery is the path that works for you. Here are some 12 Step alternatives to peer-based addiction treatment:

  1. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery—SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. SMART participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. Find a SMART Recovery meeting near you: https://www.smartrecovery.org/local/
  2. Women for Sobriety—Women for Sobriety is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women discover an abstinent new life. It is the first self-help recovery program based on the unique emotional needs of women. WFS was founded in July, 1975, and has been helping women in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions for over 40 years. The WFS New Life Program is based on Thirteen Acceptance Statements which encourage emotional and spiritual growth. The New Life Program is extremely effective in helping women gain and maintain sobriety. The Thirteen Statements act as a guide for women to embrace positive lifestyle changes.  Register and join the Women for Sobriety Online Community: https://www.womenforsobrietyonline.com/register/register.
  3. Secular Organizations for Sobriety (S.O.S.)—Secular Organizations for Sobriety, also known as Save Our Selves,  is a non-profit network of autonomous addiction recovery groups. The program stresses the need to place the highest priority on sobriety and uses mutual support to assist members in achieving this goal. The Suggested Guidelines for Sobriety emphasize rational decision-making and are not religious or spiritual in nature. SOS represents an alternative to the spiritually based addiction recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). SOS members may also attend AA meetings, but SOS does not view spirituality or surrender to a Higher Power as being necessary to maintain abstinence. Find an S.O.S. meeting near you: http://www.sossobriety.org/meetings-data-page.
  4. LifeRing Secular Recovery—LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. LifeRing offers each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Their approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, they are sober, secular, and self-directed. Find a LifeRing meeting near you: http://lifering.org/find-a-meeting/.
  5. Moderation Management—Moderation Management (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. MM promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal. MM is run by lay members who came to the organization to resolve personal issues and stayed to help others. Find an MM meeting near you: http://www.moderation.org/meetings//
  6. The Seven Challenges—The Seven Challenges is a comprehensive counseling program for young people that incorporates work on alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to motivate youth to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then succeed in implementing the desired changes. It supports them in taking power over their own lives. The Seven Challenges uses an approach called “Mastery Counseling,” which helps young people look at what is happening in their lives. They learn to recognize what is going well and what is problematic. Whatever is not going well, or as well as they would like it to be going, is identified as an “issue.” In Seven Challenges sessions, counselors teach young people to work on their issues. As they do their work, the “challenge process” is used to help them make thoughtful decisions, including about drugs. For more information about The Seven Challenges: http://www.sevenchallenges.com/.
  7. Refuge Recovery—Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. he Refuge Recovery nonprofit organization operates 100% independently from the professional addiction treatment center, Refuge Recovery Centers. Find a Refuge Recovery Meeting near you: http://www.refugerecovery.org/meetings-in/.
  8. CRAFT—Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with him or her.  It is designed to accomplish three goals: When a loved one is abusing substances and refusing to get help, CRAFT helps families move their loved one toward treatment. CRAFT helps reduce the loved one’s alcohol and drug use, whether or not the loved one has engaged in treatment yet. CRAFT improves the lives of the concerned family and friends. For more information about CRAFT: https://motivationandchange.com/outpatient-treatment/for-families/craft-overview/.

At Recovery Fusion, our Recovery Support Specialists embrace ALL pathways to addiction recovery, from the traditional 12 Step model to progressive harm reduction methods. Give us a call today: (805)689-1256.