Self-Help Resources for Your Loved One


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA World Services, Inc.)

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This is an informational website for anyone interested in learning more about their organization, 12-step program of recovery, and how to find local meetings. 212.870.3400

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Journey Recovery Project (for Pregnant Women and Mothers with SUD)

An online guide through recovery, pregnancy and early parenting



Established in 1999, LifeRing offers sober, secular self-help to abstain from alcohol and non-medically-indicated drugs by “relying on our own power and the support of others”. The program operates according to the “3S” Philosophy: 1. Sobriety, 2. Secularity, 3. Self-Help. LifeRing is a network of support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other addictive drugs. This is an informational website for anyone interested in learning more about their organization, and face-to-face and online meetings. Toll-Free 800.811.4142

Moderation Management

Established in 1993, MM offers education, behavioral change techniques and peer support for problem drinkers seeking to decrease their drinking — whether to moderate levels or to total abstinence. MM offers a variety of behavioral methods for change; guidelines for responsible drinking; and tools to measure progress. The program follows 9 Steps Toward Moderation and Positive Lifestyle Changes (check out the website for the 9 steps).


Rational Recovery

In essence, the Rational Recovery method is to first make a commitment to planned, permanent abstinence from the undesirable substance or behavior, and then equip oneself with the mental tools to stick to that commitment. Most important to recovering addicts is the recognition of an addictive voice, and determination to remain abstinent by constantly reminding themselves of the rational basis of their decision to quit. As time progresses, the recovering addict begins to see the benefits of separating themselves and their rational minds from a bodily impulse that has no regard for responsibility, success, delayed gratification, or moral obligation.

Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” Refuge Recovery is a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, and the community is open to all people without discrimination.  



Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)

Secular Organizations for Sobriety is a non-profit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. This is an informational website for anyone interested in learning more about SOS and their face-to-face meetings. phone: 323.666.4295

Smart Recovery

Smart Recovery is an organization that helps individuals abstain from any substance or activity addiction through their 4-point program. Their program can be accessed through online meetings, message boards, chats, and face-to-face meetings. Toll free: 866.951.5357 

Women for Sobriety

Women for Sobriety (WFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. WFS offers self-help groups based on a Thirteen Statement Program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth. WFS offers face-to-face and chat-room group meetings, as well as message boards. phone: 215.536.8026

Topics in this post: 12 steps groups (AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, NA, Narcotics Anonymous…), self-help groups