Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Support Groups
If you’re suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, there are alcohol and drug addiction support groups that can help you NOW. Your addiction is taking over your life and perhaps hurting the people closest to you as well as yourself. You can feel its power over you, and you know it’s time to break this bondage, but you don’t know how. Recovery Connection® is here to help you – call 800-993-3869 and get help now!
"We admitted we were powerless over ….. (you can fill in the blank with anything, workaholism, rage, eating, shopping, sex, drugs, alcohol etc) --that our lives had become unmanageable." This statement is Step 1 in any program based upon the original 12 Steps of AA. The first step is admission of the problem. Once an addict admits to the problem, the solution can be sought. Treatment for addiction is a crucial part of the recovery process followed by aftercare. Research demonstrates that self help groups should be part of an aftercare system and can provide recovering addicts with peer support that works.
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.): The preamble of Alcoholics Anonymous clearly defines the mission and the goals of AA. "Alcoholics Anonymous is a 12 step program of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership of this alcohol support group is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety through an alcohol support group."
In AA, men and women find other people suffering from the same disease of alcohol addiction. In the rooms of AA, one can find help and support to move through life without picking up a drink to cope. AA is founded on the precept that "together we can do what we can't do alone." Meetings provide people a safe place to share their experiences, their fears, and their hopes. There is strength in hearing how other people handle the stress of their lives without mind numbing substances. Identification of the daily struggle to live sober results in member bonds that grow through the stories and the sharing.
Al-Anon: For over 50 years, Al-Anon families (which include Alateen for younger members) have found hope and solutions to problems created by alcohol abuse. This program, which began shortly after AA, was based upon the same 12 Step principles as AA. Family members of early AAs understood that they faced problems unique to their situation. These families understood the need for support to alter unhealthy behaviors which enabled the alcoholic to continue to drink. The meeting structure provides people with the opportunity to share their experiences, fears, hopes, their successes and failures without being subject to other's behaviors such as the alcoholic’s or drug addict’s defenses. In Al-Anon, people learn to be self reflective, set healthy boundaries, and following through on consequences set in advance.
You go to meetings but find yourself go in and out of the rooms. Recovery support groups are an important but without the right approach to treatment, internal personal issues will keep driving you to seek drugs and alcohol. Call Recovery Connection now 800-993-3869 and find treatment that works for you. Maintaining abstinence is possible with the right tools.
There is just about every type of drug addiction support group available. Narcotics Anonymous is the second most popular 12 step based support program. Along with N.A. there are support groups for every type of substance addiction such as Marijuana Anonymous (M.A.) and Cocaine anonymous (C.A.). Whether addicted to drugs or alcohol there is a support group out there to help recovering from addiction.
Twelve Step Programs are a powerful tool for those struggling with substance abuse. There are hundreds of listings for Alcoholics Anonymous® meetings, Narcotics Anonymous® meetings as well as Al-Anon®, Naranon, CoDa and many other 12 Step fellowships. Millions of people have found strength and personal growth in 12 Step programs.
There is a common thread that runs through recovery. Reaching out for help from others in recovery helps break through isolation and distorted thinking. That help is established in the meetings and helps develop a spiritual underpinning of each addiction support group. 12 Step programs are based upon a concept of a higher power. The definition of that higher power is left up to each individual to define. For some, it is a traditional Judeo-Christian concept of God, or a God of another organized religion. For others it is nature or a power greater than oneself and still for others it is the group as a whole has a powerful impact upon individual lives resulting in expressions such as Group of Drunks or Good Orderly Direction -- God.
This spiritual underpinning helps the alcoholic or drug addict keep problems and successes in perspective. The idea of a power greater than self (however, that is defined) is interconnected with
- the admission that each individual was and is powerless of alcohol or drugs (or other addictions) and
- that a power greater than self can restore the addict to sanity. Sometimes, that spiritual foundation is strengthened by attending formal church, temple, or mosque for example. The spiritual healing that occurs is supported by science which has demonstrated that spirituality plays a role in the healing process.
"Spirituality refers to an attempt to seek meaning, purpose, and a direction of life in relation to a higher power, universal spirit or God. Spirituality reflects a search for the sacred. The word spirituality is derived from the Latin word spirale which means to blow or to breathe. The Hebrew word "Ruach" and the Greek work "Pneuma" convey a similar meaning. Thus, spirituality denotes giving breath and hope to individuals, families and communities."
(Source: TRAUMA, SPIRITUALITY AND RECOVERY: TOWARD A SPIRITUALLY-INTEGRATED PSYCHOTHERAPY, p.6, http://www.melissainstitute.org/documents/spirituality_psychotherapy.pdf)
The healing that a recovering drug addict or alcoholic receives through the spiritual connection with recovering community has a profound impact upon the ability to keep clean and sober.
The following is a list of some of the 12 Step recovery programs that provide structure and support for those suffering from addiction.
- Alcoholics Anonymous: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
- Al-Anon and Alateen: www.al-anon-alateen.org
- ACOA: www.adultchildren.org
- Cocaine Anonymous: www.ca.org
- CODA: www.codependents.org
- Narcotic Anonymous: www.na.org
- Naranon: www.nar-anon.org
- Sex Addicts Anonymous: www.saa-recovery.org
- Teen Helpline: www.teenlineonoline.org
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