Overcoming issues around alcohol and drug overuse is sometimes problematic. AA is not always a good fit for people for many reasons. Below you will find a list of alternatives that may help you or someone you love, overcome your problems around substances.
Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS)
Seculary Organizations for Sobriety was founded in 1985 by James Christopher, a sober alcoholic himself, since 1978, and author of the books, S.O.S Sobriety and Unhooked: Staying Sober and Drug Free. S.O.S as it is fondly referred to by its members, has helped countless thousanda of addicted persons reclaim their lives for 30 years. Since its inception, S.O.S has welcomed anyone sincerely seeking sobriety from alcohol addiction, drug addiction and compulsive eating. S.O.S is a highly effective alternative to the 12-step model of recovery, and provides yet another path to recovery from addiction. S.O.S welcomes the attendance of religious, as well as nonreligious persons, and offers a support group and method in a seculary setting.
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CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training
CRAFT The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention is a scientifically based intervention designed to help concerned significant others (CSOs) to engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. This new intervention method was developed with the belief that since family members can, and do make important contribution in other areas of addiction treatment (i.e. family and couples therapy), that the CSO can play a powerful role in helping to engage the substance user who is in denial to submit to treatment. In addition, it is often the substance user who reports that family pressure or influence is the reason sought treatment. Also, CSOs who attend the CRAFT program also benefit by becoming more independent and reducing their depression, anxiety and anger symptoms even if their loved one does not enter treatment.
CRAFT uses an overall positive approach and steers clear of any confrontation. CRAFT is a culturally sensitive program that works with the client's mores and beliefs to develop an appropriate treatment plan. The program emphasizes learning new skills to cope with old problems. Some of the components include how to stay safety, outlining the context in which substance abusing behavior occurs, teaching CSOs how to use positive reinforcers (rewards) and how to let the substance user suffer the natural consequences for their using behavior.
No one has better information about the substance user's behavior patterns than a close family member. CRAFT teaches the CSO how to use this information in a motivational way to increase the chance of the substance user entering treatment. CRAFT research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who use the program get their substance user to attend treatment.
SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training
SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our 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. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support.
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Moderation Management (MM) is 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. Moderation Management is recognized as an evidence-based program, on similar level to other mainstream rehabilitation therapies.
Harm Reduction for Alcohol (HAMS)
Harm Reduction for Alcohol (HAMS) is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for everyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better. The acyonym HAMS stands for Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS Harm Reduction strategies are definied in the 17 elements of HAMS. HAMS offers information and support via a chat room, an email group, a facebook group, and live meetings -- as well as in the HAMS book and the articles on the website.
Women for Sobriety
Women for Sobriety, Inc. (WFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics. Our "New Life" Program helps achieve sobriety and sustain ongoing recovery. WFS has been providing services to women alcoholics since July, 1976. WFS self-help groups are found all across the country and abroad.
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C3 Foundation (The Sinclair Method)
The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a treatment for alcohol addiction that uses a technique called pharmacological extincition—the use of an opiate blocker to turn habit-forming behaviors into habit erasing behaviors. The effect returns a person's craving for alcohol to its pre-addictive state. TSM consists of taking Naltrexone or Nalmefene one hour before your first drink of the day for hte rest of your life as long as you continue to drink. Naltrexone (or Nalmefene) chemically disrupts the body's behavior/reward cycle causing you to want to drink less instead of more.
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Drink Link Moderation
Drink/Link is a commonsense program - first, you learn five safe-drinking guidlines, then you learn proven behavior management strategies and techniques to help you stay within those guidelines. If you stick to the program, you're gauranteed to drink less. No meetings, doctors, counseling, prescriptions or belief in a higher power are required for you to succeed. Over 80% of the drinkers who have completed the program have either cut their drinking in half or significantly reduced their consumption.
Drink/Link Moderate Drinking Program: please click here for more information.