There are support groups located all over the world that cover every addiction and compulsion known to modern medicine. Many of these groups use a traditional 12 step program for recovery and are not as intense as residential facility care. A large number of these groups are used as aftercare and not as the beginning treatments. AA or Alcoholics Anonymous is probably the largest and most well known group in existence.
They developed the 12 step program in the mid to late 1930’s and have had successful results with it for over 80 years. There are no membership requirements, except the desire to stop drinking and a willingness to make an effort.
They use group support and a set of core values and traditions to help alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. Attached to AA is Al-anon, which helps the families of those in AA. Alcoholism not only effects the addict but it is a proven fact that on average it will affect at least 4 other people within their social circle and family.
Family support services and education help alleviate the burdens faced by the alcoholic. Another group that does not charge fees or dues for members and has a family supportive group attachment is narcotics anonymous. This program was develop in the 1950’s and uses the same standards, steps and traditions as AA. Groups meet to share their, strengths, experiences, and hope with one another, and always strive to share their message with others in need of rehabilitation. Cocaine anonymous deals with people who have an addiction of crack and cocaine.
While this particular group is not allied with a sister support group, sect, institution, or organization they do not require fees or dues and follow the same 12 step process as AA, and NA. There are other support groups for not only addictions but compulsive behaviors such as codependents anonymous, gamblers anonymous, and over eaters anonymous.
These are all local programs for people who suffer some of the same afflictions as addicts and are treated in relatively the same 12 step program manner. Codependents anonymous or CODA deals with people or couples in or suffering after a time in dysfunctional relationships. Gamblers anonymous helps people who suffer from a continuous compulsion to gamble and over eaters anonymous deals with groups who have an addiction to certain foods or the compulsion to eat large amounts of foods or other items.
It is easy to find and contact any or all of these groups within your local community. Most hospitals, churches, physicians, and public offices have list and contact numbers for these important community services. The internet is always a good resource for locating any information needed to identify or find these groups.
Addicts who have gone through rehabilitation programs are usually advised to contact these support groups before being released from the facility. Local groups offer total community help and services not just individualized one on one help. All of these support services can be used effectively for long term aftercare programs with high success rates and proven results.