a group of people talk about why self help groups alone are not enough to beat addiction

Why Self-help Groups Alone Are Not Enough to Beat Addiction

Self-help groups for addiction include 12-step groups, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, LifeRing, and others. Of these, 12-step programs like AA and NA are by far the most popular, with more than 100,000 AA groups alone worldwide. SMART Recovery is the largest non-12-step program with about 1500 groups in the US. What newer groups like SMART,… Continue Reading Why Self-help Groups Alone Are Not Enough to Beat Addiction

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The Importance of Family Involvement

Addiction is often known as the “family disease,” and for good reason – it affects the whole family, and the patterns and habits of addiction are often shared, even inherited, by multiple family members. To have a healthy recovery, we benefit greatly from having the support of our families. Their involvement means we can learn… Continue Reading The Importance of Family Involvement

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Who Does Addiction Affect?

There is a great deal of misinformation about addiction floating around, compounded by the stereotypes that many people have come to believe to be true about addicts and addiction. There is still stigma surrounding addiction, and incorrect assumptions that it is found disproportionately in poor communities and homeless populations. Addiction is often wrongly associated with… Continue Reading Who Does Addiction Affect?