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The 12-Step fellowships offer the most widespread solution for people seeking recovery from addiction. Here is the contact information for several of the primary ones. If you are looking for something you cannot find here, simply Google the 12 Step program of your choice in your hometown and you will find it.
The process is easy to follow: Find and attend a meeting. Connect with others who are overcoming or have overcome similar issues you are facing. Find a sponsor. Work through the 12 Steps. Recover and begin to build an extraordinary life.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
(offering support for friends and families of people who struggle with addictions)
- CoDependents Anonymous
(offering support for people who are seeking healthy relationships)
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
(supporting people who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes)
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Debtors Anonymous
(Supporting people who habitually and addictively end up in debt)
ALTERNATIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS
Once a foundation of recovery is in place with medical attention and support from a 12 Step Program, alternative recovery programs can be a very helpful and stabilizing force of positive living.
The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR)
Nikki Myers’ Yoga of 12-Step Recovery combines the practice of yoga with the 12-Steps. Y12SR offers an integrated approach to recovery, which includes universal 12-Step meetings (meaning all addictions are welcome in the same meeting) followed by a yoga practice. This format of meeting is catching on like wildfire. There are over 100 Y12SR meetings currently that regularly meet across the U.S. I believe we will soon see Y12SR meetings everywhere across the country. Nikki offers 2 regular trainings—the Intensive and the Leadership Training—to teach people how to use the 12 Steps, yoga and meditation together in the treatment of addictions of all kinds. This is an outstanding resource.
While I have no direct experience with SMART Recovery, I feel compelled to include it here because it offers a popular alternative to the 12-Step path. The fact that it stresses self-reliance and self-empowerment, makes it markedly different from the 12-Step approach. I have heard good things, though about their program, so in the spirit of “there is no one way,” SMART recovery appears to have provided a solution for some people.
Refuge Recovery and Against the Stream
Noah Levine's Refuge Recovery offers a non-theistic, Buddhist approach to Recovery. "Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. The path of practice that we follow is called the Four Truths of Refuge Recovery."
Noah offers something powerful and community-based that works and is growing. This is a much-needed resource for atheists and agnostics as well as anyone who simply prefers to follow the teachings of Buddha as their path of recovery. There are regular Refuge Recovery meetings in Los Angeles, which are very well attended by a growing community of people who are split 50-50 between people who also practice the 12-Steps and those whose recovery path is based solely on Buddhist practice and meditation. Also check out Against The Stream, which is the Buddhist teaching that Noah and other teachers are doing. Very powerful and uplifting.
InTheRooms.com (ITR) is an online social network for people in recovery and also their families. I consider it to be one of the greatest uses of technology there is. It is important to get out to meetings and connect with people as much as you can, but I also see the immense value that ITR provides. If you are housebound, infirmed, sick, tired, nervous about connecting face-to-face, or enjoy having a meeting from home, ITR has you covered.
RECOVERY 2.0 RESOURCES FOR YOUR LIFE AND RECOVERY
Connecting with Tommy Rosen and Recovery 2.0
With acute addiction scenarios where people are caught in it badly, the above set of guidelines can prove helpful. For people who are on a path of recovery and want to thrive in their life, I want to offer up the best ways of connecting with our work at Recovery 2.0. There are a number of ways to access hours of free content in the Recovery 2.0 network for anyone who is seeking to be educated in this teaching.
If you are looking for something that is not here and that you cannot find, please feel free to drop me an email at [email protected]
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Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Hay House)