Alcohol Addiction Health Center

Support Groups

Support groups are available to help people who are dealing with alcoholism.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a self-help group of recovering alcoholics that offers emotional support and specific steps for people recovering from alcohol dependence. The program is commonly called a "12-step" approach. There are local chapters throughout the United States.
  • AA offers help 24 hours a day and teaches that it is possible to participate in social functions without drinking.

AL-ANON

Family members of a person with an alcohol abuse problem often need counseling. Al-Anon is a support group for partners and others who are affected by someone else's alcoholism.
Alateen provides support for teenage children of people with alcoholism.

Other Support Groups

Several other support groups are available.

  • SMART recovery teaches you have to change your thoughts and behaviors to help people with alcoholism recover.
  • LifeRing recovery and SOS are two nonreligious programs that offer support for people with alcohol abuse.
  • Women for Sobriety is a self-help group just for women.
  • Moderation Management is a program for those who want to reduce how much they drink. It recommends abstinence for people who cannot do this.

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