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Alternative Recovery Programs

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information--SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
A federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--it provides concrete information about the misuse of illicit and legal drugs, and alcohol abuse. Information related to treatment and rehabilitation also is provided.

Addiction Search (Emil Chiauzzi)
This site's goal is to provide links to reliable resources organized within the following topics: addictions, statistics, populations, treatment, prevention, social issues, organizations, and the "War on Drugs."

Rational Recovery (RR) Center (Rational Recovery Systems, Inc., Jack and Lois Trimpey)
Created as a response to the limited choices in the field of addictions, RR's primary architect, Jack Trimpey, is vehemently anti-AA. This site provides commercial programs and that use the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT) to assist with overcoming specific addictions. Also, articles, essays, and interactive exchanges with both supporters and critics are included.

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
A national, not-for-profit, and abstinence-based program, which offers free self-help groups for recovery from addictive behavior. The leader for group meetings is a volunteer behavioral health professional with a specialization in the treating addictive behavior. SMART Recovery brings the theoretical perspectives and techniques of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and techniques for relapse prevention, motivation, and behavioral change within a self-help program. In addition to site-based support groups, SMART Recovery has online meetings, message boards, and listservs. See also: Local Affiliates' Web sites

Women for Sobriety, Inc. (WFS)
With the motto: "We are capable and competent, caring and compassionate, always willing to help another; bonded together in overcoming our addictions," this not-for-profit organization is dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. Weekly groups, not to exceed 1.5 hours, are lead by a WFS certified moderator who is familiar with the WFS program and philosophy. An archive (1997 to present) of Articles by Jean (i.e., Jean Kirkpatrick, PhD) is available.

SOS--Secular Organizations for Sobriety
SOS is an alternative recovery method for alcoholics and drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of many 12-Step programs. Sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality; therefore, it may be attained and maintained without relying on a "Higher Power." Local meetings are held at sites within the U.S. and throughout Europe. A bulletin board service is available at this Web site. 

Online Recovery
A portal with links to many resources related to recovery from compulsive and dysfunctional behavior patterns. Many directories are used to organize links to Web sites that provide information, commercial products, and online support services.

MM--Moderation Management Network, Inc.
MM is a program created by Audrey Kishline in 1993, and her 1994 book, Moderate Drinking: The New Option for Problem Drinkers is a formal statement of MM's principles and practices. MM posits that alcohol abuse (or being a problem drinker) is a learned behavior pattern, and not a disease. Kishline's development of MM was based on her unsatisfactory experience with abstinence and step programs, primarily, AA. MM is non-commercial, and it has 14 chapters in the U.S. and Canada that provide site meetings. The national organization has some online support options. Special Note: In July 2000, the creator of MM (i.e., Audrey Kishline), plead guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in the State of Washington. She allegedly took a leave from the MM program in January 2000, and returned to AA. An alcohol intoxication level three times the legal limit in Washington lead to the death of a father and his 12-year old daughter in April of the same year. Therefore, some individuals question efficacy of MM, and doubt that it will remain as a viable program.


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