Mutual aid groups

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.

Groups involve people coming together to build a peer support network and 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 programme for addiction recovery’. This 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.


Smart Recovery

Helps individuals recover from any addictive behaviour. It helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery. Call 0845 603 9830.

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.

Cocaine Anonymous (CAUK)

A fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other. Their aim is to solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

Drug Addicts Anonymous (DAA)

A group of recovered drug addicts who help others to find the same freedom. Help from DAA is free and confidential. All you need to make a start is to have an open mind, to be honest with yourself, and be willing to try something new.

Marijuana Anonymous (MA)

Do you find it difficult to control your marijuana use? Do you think about using marijuana even when you're not? Have you broken promises to yourself or others about limiting or stopping your use? If you've answered 'yes', you may be an addict. Only you can decide. The 12 questions of Marijuana Anonymous may help you determine whether marijuana is a problem in your life.