Finding the right drug addiction support group is a bit like finding the right pair of shoes. Not only will you want to try out a few different types of groups, but you may also want to try out other meeting locations within the same group type. If you went to rehab, you were likely exposed to different drug addiction support groups either through their being described or your attending some meetings. Drug addiction support groups are an essential component of a relapse prevention plan. At The Last House, we know the importance of finding and attending support groups, and we’re happy to help you find meetings.
Different Kinds of Drug Addiction Support Groups
Drug addiction support groups are much different than being in treatment for a huge reason. These groups are not run by licensed professionals but by the members themselves. In addition to other kinds of drug addiction support groups, there are often meetings tailored to different demographics, such as all-women meetings, LGBTQ meetings, or all-men meetings. Researchers have found that attendance and participation in drug addiction support groups increase success in recovery. Whether you are new or established in recovery, support groups can play a vital role.
Twelve Steps Groups
Twelve-Step programs are perhaps the best known of the self-help groups. These programs include:
As the name suggests, these groups are based on recovery through the completion of twelve steps. AA was established in 1935 with the principles essentially remaining the same, with the only requirement for membership being a “desire to stop drinking.”
AA and the other twelve-step programs that have grown from it are built on mutual aid, with alcoholics and addicts helping each other stay sober. All twelve-step programs include reliance on a Higher Power, referred to as God in the literature, of your choosing.
Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-inspired support group offering recovery from all forms of addiction. In addition to a book, there are Refuge Recovery meetings held in many locations worldwide. Refuge Recovery meetings include group meditation, sharing, and readings. Group members practice meditation, personal inventory, mentorship, retreat, and service as part of the program.
SMART Recovery, or Self-Management And Recovery Training, approaches recovery in a much different way and does not use labels such as addict or alcoholic. The program also does not rely on religion or spirituality. SMART recovery focuses on a scientifically-based approach to behavioral change using their 4-point program. Once individuals become familiar with SMART and are free from addictive behaviors, they are encouraged to volunteer.
Women for Sobriety
Women for Sobriety (WFS) is a recovery group focused only on women. WFS, with its “New Life” program, addresses the unique needs of women in recovery by highlighting the need to nurture feelings of self-value and self-worth. Meetings are held in many locations and online. Literature from WFS is available online.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is a recovery group focused on helping those staying sober from alcohol, drugs, or compulsive eating. Whereas twelve-step programs emphasize reliance on a Higher Power in sobriety, SOS recognizes the individual as the source of their sobriety. SOS holds meetings around the world, and much of its literature is available online.
Live Sober at The Last House
The Last House is a network of structured sober living homes in the heart of West Los Angeles. We believe in providing our clients with the tools to have a meaningful life and participate in their sobriety. Activities such as service commitments, sober parties, conventions, dances, and house outings are all a part of helping you learn how to have fun in sobriety. Comprising active members of the Los Angeles Sober Living community, our staff is familiar with many recovery support groups in the area. If you’re wondering how to create your sober life, The Last House is here to help!