Self Help Groups
At Red Umbrella, we aim to show you just how truly effective self-help groups can be on your road to recovery.
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.
How we can find the best self-help group for you
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 on +44 (0)300 002 0061, or send us a message to find out how we can find the right self-help group for you.
With membership open to everyone who wants to tackle a drinking problem, Alcoholics Anonymous is an international society and available almost everywhere. The non-professional, self-supporting fellowship was started by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob in 1935 and is known for the 12 steps and “The Big Book”. AA – ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
The second-biggest 12-step organisation in the world, Narcotics Anonymous defines itself as a “non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem”. It was founded by Jimmy Kinnon in 1953 and now welcomes people with a wide range of substance abuse issues.
A 12-step programme for drug addicts who want to recover, Cocaine Anonymous was created in 1982 by a long-term Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) member in Los Angeles. It is similar to AA, although the groups are not connected. CA members may have been addicted to substances including cocaine, crack or speed, but it is not necessary to be a cocaine addict to join.
The only requirement to be a member of Overeaters Anonymous is to want to stop compulsive eating. It is a 12-step programme for anyone with food problems, including people with binge-eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia and compulsive overeaters. It was started in 1960 by Rozanne S and two other women.
Members of Gamblers Anonymous decide to turn themselves over to a higher power to help them live a life free from gambling. The organisation, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1957, is a group of compulsive gamblers who help others to stop via a 12-step programme. Step 1 requires the member to admit they are powerless over their gambling addiction.
Helping people with emotional difficulties, Emotions Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Since 1971, weekly meetings have seen people come together to work towards recovery from a wide range of emotional problems, including low self-esteem, depression, anger, compulsive behaviour, strained relationships and grief.
Anyone who wants to work at enjoying healthy relationships can attend Co-Dependants Anonymous meetings. The informal groups were set up in 1986 and welcome men and women who want to tackle the issues that co-dependency has caused in their lives. The organisation is based on Alcoholics Anonymous and follows an adapted version of the 12 steps and traditions.
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
This 12-step fellowship is available to help anyone suffering with addictions to sex, love and fantasy, or people who have a problem with romantic obsession, co-dependent relationships and sexual, social and emotional anorexia. It was founded in 1976 and is based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model.
The leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group, Smart Recovery uses the latest scientific research to help its members. It was founded in 1992 and follows the Smart Recovery 4-point Program, which helps people recover from a wide range of addictions and addictive behaviours. These could be anything from drug abuse and drug addiction, to a gambling or sexual addiction. They also provide support via an online message board and 24/7 chat room.
Al-Anon Family Groups are there for the people affected by someone else’s alcoholism. It is not a counselling or advice service, but members share their own experiences and give each other hope and strength through understanding. Alateen, which is part of Al-Anon, is for youths aged 12 to 17 who have been affected by a loved one’s drinking. The groups recognise that the wounds run deep, so they are there for anyone affected in this way, no matter if the drinker has now stopped, died or is no longer a part of the member’s life.
We are here to help, whatever the problem.
Depression, Bullying, Anxiety, Gambling, Fear of Job/career prospects, Alcohol Use Disorder (drink at work and post drinking hangovers), Eating disorders, Panic attacks, Bereavement, Substances (illegal and prescribed), Bipolar, OCD, PTSD, Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD), General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder.