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Mutual aid groups

In its most simple form, mutual aid describes a group of people with similar experiences helping each other to overcome their issues. We know that these groups can have a really positive impact on helping people to achieve and maintain recovery.

A mutual aid group involves people coming together to build a peer support network. The groups can offer a supportive and long term environment to help you recover.

There are different types of mutual aid with different approaches. Many mutual aid groups follow the ’12-step’ fellowship which was originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s.

Another approach is known as SMART Recovery which uses motivational, behavioural and cognitive methods to aid recovery.

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