There are many self-help groups for people suffering from addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcoholism. Many people seek support from a self-help organisation as soon as they become aware of their problems.
Some find long-term sobriety and happiness from a self-help group without having any other treatment, but unfortunately this is unusual. Most self-help groups, by their own admission, have a very low success rate in dealing with addictions.
But when self-help groups are used as part of after-care treatment – an on-going support network after residential treatment or intensive day-care therapy – they can be very effective.
One of the advantages of entering treatment is an introduction to self-help groups while you are there, and the support of staff to answer your questions. But it is important to realise that, although these groups provide a lifeline to millions around the world, they may not be the right option for you.
Many people refuse to try the well-known self-help groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) as they use a 12-step programme that many believe to be of religious persuasion, and others give up after a trial period.
We at Red Umbrella not only work closely with residential treatment that is 12 step-orientated, but we also work with non-12-step facilities and have many options for after-care and on-going support. We invite you to call us at any stage in your recovery to discuss these options, and we recommend intensive treatment first at one of our hand-picked facilities.
Smart Recovery is growing fast internationally as a help group that is non-step and focused on relapse prevention and taking control of your life. See below for some general information on self-help groups and please call us for a non-biased and more intimate view of their workings.
Here are the 12 steps and the Smart Recovery philosophies.
We at Red Umbrella endorse no one and have no particular preference to any method of achieving long-term sobriety, as long as it works for the individual. Call us for a chat about how we can help you find the right self-help group for you.