Mutual aid groups

Mutual aid describes a group of people with similar experiences helping each other to overcome their issues at each stage of recovery. We know that these groups can have a positive impact on helping people to achieve and maintain recovery.

Groups often include people who:

  • no longer drink and want help to remain so
  • are thinking about stopping or actively trying to stop their alcohol use

Many mutual aid groups follow the ’12-step programme for addiction recovery’. This was originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s.

SMART Recovery is another type of mutual aid group which focuses on using motivational, behavioural and cognitive methods to aid recovery.


Smart Recovery

Helps individuals recover from any addictive behaviour. It helps participants:

  • decide whether they have a problem
  • build up their motivation to change

It also offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery. Call 0845 603 9830 for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Based on a 12-step self-help philosophy focusing on personal recovery. To speak to someone about the help you need or for more information, call 0800 9177 650.

Narcotics Anonymous

A voluntary organisation open to anyone looking for help and support with a drug problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.