SECULAR MUTUAL AID GROUPS
International. In-person groups.
The 16-step empowerment model is a holistic approach to overcoming addiction that views people in their wholeness – mind, body and spirit. A fundamental basis of this model is flexibility and an openness which leads to continually ask: What works? Who does it work for? and How can we help it work better? It encourages people to be continually open to new information and not to become trapped in dogmatic teachings. At its core, this model is based on love not fear; internal control not external authoritarianism; affirmation not deflation; and trust in the ability of people to find their own healing path when given education, support, hope and choices
National. In-person groups.
There is an increasing number of groups within AA that are not religious in their thinking or practice. These groups don’t recite prayers at the beginning or ending of their meetings nor do they suggest that a belief in God is required to get sober or to maintain sobriety. The AA Agnostica website does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism.
International. Founded in 2001. Over 115 in-person groups and online.
LifeRing sponsors face-to-face groups and online connections to chat rooms, discussion forums, blogs, and links to sources of information related to recovery from addiction. LifeRing is not affiliated with any other organization, and is independent financially, legally, and organizationally. LifeRing meetings are started and led by peer volunteers called "conveners."
International. Founded (as Secular Sobriety Groups) 1985. Over 750 groups and online.
SOS is a network of autonomous, nonprofessional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. SOS is a secular program of recovery and takes a self-empowerment approach. SOS is useful for people with alcohol and other drug problems who have difficulty with the spiritual aspects of many mutual aid groups. SOS has family and friend groups.
International. A non-profit established in 1994. Offers more than 950 weekly face-to-face meetings and 30 online meetings for individuals seeking to abstain from substances or activities. SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) is a self-empowering, science-based mutual support group for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction. Teaches tools organized under the 4-Point Program®: 1) Building and Maintaining Motivation, 2) Coping with Urges, 3) Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors, and 4) Living a Balanced Life. Tools include change plan worksheet, cost-benefit analysis, hierarchy of values, ABCs of REBT for urge coping and emotional upsets, brainstorming, role-playing and rehearsing, and more.
SMART Recovery On-Line is a web-based community which supports individuals seeking to abstain from any substance or activity addiction. Established in 1998, SMART Recovery On-Line offers access to message boards, 24/7 live chat, and daily meetings in both type chat and voice chat formats. SMART Recovery Online is available worldwide. Volunteers are available to help newcomers as they post on the message board, enter chat room discussions and participate in meetings.
National. In-person meetings in jails and prisons. Founded in 1985.
SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. SOS takes a secular approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality. SOS respects recovery in any form regardless of the path by which it is achieved, supports healthy skepticism, and encourages the use of the scientific method to understand alcoholism. SOS Behind Bars is set up to address the needs of those who are in jails or prisons.
National. Founded 1976. Over 200 in-person groups and online.
Women for Sobriety is the first modern national self-help program for women with alcoholism. It is based on a new life program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth. It is run by women in small mutual aid groups held in hospitals, clinics, treatment facilities, women centers, and wherever women with alcoholism are being treated. Many online groups.
Faces & Voices of Recovery as an organization does not endorse any particular recovery mutual aid groups.