Are there AA alternatives I can explore in my recovery?

Alcoholics Anonymous has been around since 1935, when Bill Wilson (Bill W.) and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) founded the organization. There's no doubt that AA is the most well-known fellowship/support group for people struggling with alcoholism, and it's 12-step program is still the most common model for recovery. AA has also spawned other 12-step programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous (for people with drug addiction); Gambler's Anonymous (for people with gambling addiction); Al-Anon (for friends and families of problem drinkers); and Nar-Anon (for friends and families of people with drug addiction).

Although AA has helped countless people overcome their dependence on alcohol, it's not the only organization that can make a difference. There is not just one path to recovery. Likewise, there is not just one support group that can help get you there. Below are some of the alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous that have helped people find their way to sobriety.

SMART Recovery

Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (S.O.S.)

LifeRing Secular Recovery


Life Process Program

Women for Sobriety
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