What is Alcoholics Anonymous? why is it important to have a support network in recovery, especially early on?

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism and addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking/using. It is strongly suggested to attend 90 meetings in 90 days; which is a meeting a day for the first three months after getting sober. You will meet many others just like yourself and can begin working the 12 steps with a sponsor. The program of AA isn't the only way we know how to stay clean but it has helped millions to do so and works if you're willing to do the work. We did whatever it took to get high right??? So we must go through any lengths to get & stay clean and what better way to do it than with others who understand and relate to you?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson (known as Bill W.) and Dr. Robert Smith (known as Dr. Bob).

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What Is the Narcotics Anonymous Program? (branch of AA)

NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.


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What is Smart Recovery?

SMART Recovery is a nationwide, nonprofit organization which offers free support groups to individuals who desire to gain independence from any type of addictive behavior. SMART Recovery also offers a free Internet Message Board discussion group, and sells publications related to recovery from addictive behavior.
What is the SMART Recovery program of recovery?

The SMART Recovery approach to recovery is summarized in the Four-Point program.

SMART Recovery teaches how to:

1) Enhance and maintain motivation to abstain

2) Cope with urges

3) Manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

4) Balance momentary and enduring satisfactions

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