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Mutual Aid Groups

Mutual aid groups, sometimes called self-help groups or support groups, are community-based groups where people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction meet together and support each other. They may share their stories, talk about their challenges, or share their victories. Mutual aid groups can serve to help people achieve sobriety, but most often they exist to help them maintain it over the long run. Most mutual aid groups meet face to face, but there are web-based groups as well.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), which use the twelve-step approach to recovery, are the best-known mutual aid groups, with members around the world. But there are also mutual aid groups that don’t adhere to the twelve-step method, including faith-based groups and groups such as SMART Recovery, SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves), and Women for Sobriety. 

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