Examples of mutual support groups include:
12-Step Fellowships: 12-step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon are examples of 12-step fellowships. A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from substance use disorder, compulsion, or other problems. Originally proposed by Bill Wilson to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, the Twelve Steps were first published in the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous, and became the foundation of several other twelve-step programs.
Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time.
SMART Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a science-based mutual-support program to help people overcome addictions. SMART Recovery empowers people to assume responsibility for their recovery. Using four points as a framework, people create a course of action tailored to their own interests and needs. SMART meetings are led by trained facilitators and are highly interactive, action oriented, positive, and focus on the present and future. A 24/7 chat room, lively message board forums, and publications are also available to help individuals achieve a fulfilling and rewarding life.
Women for Recovery: Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an organization whose purpose is to help all women find their individual path to recovery through discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances. They are an abstinence-based self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug addiction. The recovery tools that WFS provides for women seeking recovery are: in-person meetings led by volunteers and are women in recovery, an online community (volunteer led chat meetings, message boards), peer phone support, literature, and recovery materials.
Peer Based Recovery Support
Peer-based recovery support services are provided by individuals who have had substance use disorder and then found and sustained long-term recovery. The most common form of peer support is Recovery Coaches, who help individuals determine the recovery pathway that best suits their needs rather than guiding them down any specific pathway. A new and innovative program based on peer to peer support is being developed for families as well.
Online Recovery Support
Online recovery support is particularly useful in the time of Coronavirus and can also be used to augment in-person recovery pathways. Some examples of popular online recovery support communities include: