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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 at each stage of recovery. We know that such groups can have a really positive impact on helping people to achieve and maintain recovery.

Groups often include people who are abstinent and want help to remain so, and people who are thinking about stopping or actively trying to stop their alcohol use.

Many mutual aid groups follow the ’12-step’ fellowship which 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 is for any mood altering substance or addictive behaviour. It applies cognitive behaviour techniques and therapeutic lifestyle change to its mutual aid groups to help people manage their recovery. If you would like to speak with someone directly you can call SMART recovery on 0845 603 9830

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is based on a 12-step self-help philosophy focusing on personal recovery. You can contact Alcoholic Anonymous on 0800 9177 650 to speak with someone about the help you need or just to get some further information

  • Narcotics Anonymous is a completely voluntary organisation that is open to anyone with a drug problem seeking help, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs have been used, and irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.