The first of its kind and in existence since the 1930s, you could be forgiven for thinking it is the only alcoholism treatment/recovery group in the world.
But nothing could be further from the truth. There are countless other recovery/treatment/moderation, call-them-what-you-will, groups out there.
Yet you don't often hear of them, not because they don't work but because of the long and dark shadow Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 step program cast over other alcohol treatment programs and recovery.
That's not to say the 12 step program is bad, far from it, but statistically it is on shaky ground.
Despite its widespread acceptance, ONLY 5% of alcoholics remain sober after 3 years of attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
But I'm not here to knock AA, you can read that somewhere else if you are interested.
What I want to do is tell you about the other options.
Many people try AA and find it is not for them, for whatever reason.And then what do they do? Some go back to drinking, others grit their teeth and deal with a life of no alcohol and yet others do what they have to in their own way.
But it needn't be like this. AA is a one size fits all outfit. Being human we are all unique and so require different approaches. AA suits some and not others. Don't give up just because you can't connect with Alcoholics Anonymous and their way.
So what I have gathered here is different approaches to quitting drinking, hopefully you will find one that suits you.
Most importantly no one alcohol treatment programs needs to be taken in isolation, you can combine them, whatever keeps you off drink. So go to a moderation management group and, at the same time, you can be taking the Chinese herb Kudzu to relieve your cravings. Perhaps you could attend women for sobriety meetings AND AA meetings.
Remember these are self-help groups. You are helping yourself, you don't owe anyone else, use the options here to get better, and if that means using all the resources available to you, then do it.
Maybe you will find these alternatives are not for you, fine but at least you tried.
If you are looking for information about treatment centers (outpatient or residential) then read our pages on alcohol addiction recovery.
Debbie the Coach offers a non-12 step, unique treatment program for people with an alcohol addiction. She combines research-proven anti-craving medications with individual on-line coaching.
It doesn’t matter what part of the world you are in, you can be connected via skype video (or phone). Debbie the Coach uses the latest research driven techniques for recovery and designs a comprehensive plan unique to each client.
Alcoholism medication is frowned upon by those in Alcoholics Anonymous. However, it is an invaluable tool. Anti-craving medication, as it is known, can really help those in the first few weeks of sobriety.
As the name suggests, the Secular Organization For Sobriety (S.O.S) is a support group that does not believe that spirituality is necessary for individuals to get sober and stay sober.
Religious beliefs are private and not a prerequisite for the group. Meetings are flexible, not substance specific and there are no prayers (obviously) or mentoring. For more, read Secular Organization For Sobriety.
The HAMS Network's unique approach to alcoholism utilizes harm reduction theory.
This approach believes that it is unreasonable to think that you can force people to be abstinent from alcohol, just look at the failure of the alcoholism treatment industry which promotes alcohol abstinence as the only way.
A new approach is needed, one that reduces the harm that alcohol abuse causes people, and treats them in a compassionate and non-judgmental way.
Although not an alternative program to Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism forums are an extra tool that can be utilized in the fight against alcohol.
Read alcoholism forums for more info on how to evaluate alcoholism forums and a selection of some of the best forums dealing with alcoholism on the web.
Are you concerned about the drinking of a family member? Would you like to have a free consultation with a counselor to discuss your fears? Would you like to learn how to help your loved one stop drinking? If so, then schedule a free consultation with our counselor, Deborah Morrow.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)