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Could A 12 Step Program Be Right For You?

Addiction isn't a choice. That statement may not seem groundbreaking today, but the idea of alcoholism as an illness was a new concept in 1939 when the book Alcoholics Anonymous was first published.

 

Today, the 12-step recovery model is a cornerstone in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Evidence supports the effectiveness of peer-to-peer support mutual aid organizations such as AA and NA.

 

A study, sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), examined the effectiveness of various treatment types in reducing overall drinking and drug use, and concluded that the 12-step model resulted in the most significant long-term impact.

 

Below are four 12 step organizations that have helped countless millions around the globe recover from addiction to alcohol, drugs, and negative behaviors, as well as other recovery resources to consider.

 

At Colusa County Recovery - we understand addiction because we've been there.  

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ADDITIONAL RECOVERY & SUPPORT RESOURCES ONLINE

This list below are virtual resources that can be used to support recovery from mental and substance use disorders, as well as other resources.

 • We Connect Recovery: Provides daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illness https://www.weconnectrecovery.com

• SoberCity: Offers an online support and recovery community https://www.soberocity.com

• Cocaine Anonymous: Offers online support and services https://www.ca-online.org

• LifeRing: LifeRing Secular Recovery offers online support https://www.lifering.org/online-meetings

• In The Rooms: Online Recovery Meetings: Provides online support https://www.intherooms.com/home

• Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual support https://ma-online.org

• Refuge Recovery: Provides online and virtual support https://www.refugerecovery.org/home

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chat room and message board https://www.smartrecovery.org/community

 • AA Beyond Belief: A program for the agnostics, atheists, and free thinkers interested in AA https://aabeyondbelief.org

 

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