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Are there any other support groups other than Alcoholics Anonymous?

We’ve had clients in the past who have asked us whether there are any groups similar to AA out there for various reason: They don’t identify wiyj the concept of a higher power, they need more structure or it simply hasn’t worked for them. If these are some issues that you struggle with in AA, consider SMART recovery.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program offers tools and techniques for each program point:

1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
2: Coping with Urges
3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours
4: Living a Balanced Life

Their approach includes:

teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance;

• provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions;

• encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives;

• teaches techniques for self-directed change;

• supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication;

• works on drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and other addictions as complex maladaptive behaviours with possible physiological factors;

• evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves;

• differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.

Check your local times for the next SMART recovery meeting. Click here.

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