This article was first published on September 5, 2022. It was last edited or updated on September 5, 2022.
LifeRing Secular Recovery
From their website:
Abstinence-based, anonymous. They have a “3-S philosophy of Sobriety, Secularity, and Self-Help”.
LifeRing offers “information, advice, understanding, and lots of support through local in-person meetings, online meetings, other online resources, and a variety of publications.”
Women for Sobriety (WFS)
From their website:
“Founded in 1975, Women for Sobriety (WFS) is the first peer-support program tailored specifically for women overcoming substance use disorders (SUDs). The WFS New Life Program is inclusive of all women, regardless of financial resources, race, religion, abilities, and backgrounds.
With both in-person and online meetings, the New Life Program provides supportive, empowering, secular, and life-affirming principles that address the unique needs and challenges of women in recovery.”
From the Veteran’s administration website:
“SMART Recovery relies on a scientifically-oriented approach and can provide an alternative to spiritually focused 12-step self-help groups. It provides support for recovery from all addictions, both chemical (e.g., alcohol or drugs) and behavioral (e.g., gambling). SMART Recovery’s focus is on building and maintaining motivation for successful recovery; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and living a balanced life…”.
From the SMART recovery website:
“SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This is more than an acronym: it is a transformative method of moving from addictive substances and negative behaviors to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.
Far too many people feel powerless over their lives and carry a sense of futility, a dread of staying trapped within an addiction pattern and locked into their circumstances. SMART helps them learn the skills they need to overcome their addictions and transform their lives.
SMART was created for people seeking a self-empowering way to overcome addictive problems. What has emerged is an accessible method of recovery, one grounded in science and proven by more than a quarter-century of experience teaching practical tools that encourage lasting change.
SMART is a powerful recovery community that includes passionate volunteers who recovered with SMART who are driven to help others. Peers and professionals working together fuse science and experience to help people build healthy and balanced lives.
In our mutual support meetings, offered online and in-person, participants design and implement their own recovery plan to create a more balanced, purposeful, fulfilling, and meaningful life. SMART provides specialized meetings and resources for a variety of communities, including Family & Friends, veterans, and more.”
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