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Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous and other abstinence-based 12-step programs are the main form of treatment for alcoholism in the U.S. But many people are unable to stick with them and go back to abusing alcohol.

Today there are other options to 12-step programs. Some treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking. This approach appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment. These programs are based on the belief that people can change their drinking behaviors.

To be successful at moderation or abstinence requires effort and a commitment to change. You should take into account the severity of your drinking problem. You also need to think about any health, psychological, or other conditions that would be made worse by drinking. This includes moderate drinking. If you're not sure of the best program for you, ask your healthcare provider or a substance abuse counselor for advice. The success of programs varies from person to person.

Alternative addiction websites

Information about other approaches to alcoholism is available on the following sites:

  • Harm Reduction Therapy Center

    The Harm Reduction approach helps users set and meet their own goals for gaining control over drinking and drugs. This organization helps people determine which parts of their drinking habits may be harmful. It also helps people figure out what they would like to change and how to put their plans into action.

  • Moderation Management

    This is a recovery program and national support group network. It's for people who have made the decision to reduce their drinking and make other positive lifestyle changes.

  • Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

    The goal of SMART recovery is to build coping skills in people so they can maintain abstinence. It's focused on behavior change by building motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts and behaviors in an effective way, and living a balanced, healthy life.

  • Women for Sobriety

    WFS seeks to help all women find recovery through self-discovery and by sharing experiences, hopes, and encouragement with other women in similar situations.

Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Paul Ballas MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2021
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