The value of support groups.
By providing accountability and acceptance within
safe, nurturing environments,
support groups hugely benefit
lifelong recovery for addicts of all kinds. Many support groups, such as Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), follow 12-Step programs designed to
encourage spiritual growth, character development, helping behaviors and, of
course, abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
Though not sufficient on their own, support groups
are highly recommended components of comprehensive treatment plans.
are the 12 Steps?
AA founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the 12 Steps are a set of principles
designed to guide addicts through the recovery process. They emphasize spiritual
reflection, self-examination, admittance of guilt and reconciliation with those
What are 12-Step programs?
programs are fellowships of people recovering from addictions of all kinds,
gambling, sex and food. Because 12-Step meetings provide
steady social support, studies show that, when combined with
addiction treatment, they are highly effective in maintaining
meeting formats vary from group to group, most consist of an opening and
closing, such as a prayer or 12-Step reading; sharing of member stories and
experiences; the study of a particular step; and a guest speaker. Meetings
can be open or closed (anyone can attend open meetings, but closed meetings are
limited to recovering alcoholics or addicts.) Most groups encourage new members
to develop a relationship with a sponsor, an individual who has maintained
sobriety for a number of years and can offer support and guidance through the
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics
Anonymous (for recovering alcoholics) and Narcotics Anonymous (for recovering
drug addicts) are two of the most prominent 12-Step groups. AA and NA offer confidential,
rehabilitative forums for recovering addicts to share feelings, offer support
and establish accountability relationships. AA and NA groups meet nationwide, are free of charge and have no religious affiliations.
information on AA-affiliated resources, please
Caron Fellowship Groups
Caron Fellowship Groups are designed to support patients who have completed recovery programs at Caron facilities. These welcoming networks of alumni, family and friends provide opportunities to connect through meetings, activities and events. Fellowship Groups also promote recovery by encouraging alumni to remain involved and give back. Meetings and events are free of charge.
information on Caron’s support groups, please click here or contact us.