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Self-Help Toolkit: Self-Help Groups: Many Choices

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Self-Help Groups: Many Choices

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What are the differences between 12-step and non-12-step groups?
  • Twelve –step programs are traditional self-help programs that provide recovery support within a spiritual context. Non-12-step programs foster recovery without emphasis on spirituality

    More information about the differences between 12-step and non-12 step groups can be found on the "12-Step Group Descriptions & Web Links" page for more information.
Do you have a list of non-12-step groups?
Is there anything else for patients other than AA (NA)?
  • There are a variety of alternative self-help programs available. More information can be found here: Find a Meeting.
Do all self-help groups require working the 12-Steps?
  • No, some self-help groups do not require working the 12-Steps. Please visit Non-12-Step Programs for more detail.