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What's your favorite support group meeting for recovery? AA? NA? SMART Recovery?

Discussion in 'Other Recovery Support Groups' started by Dominica, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    Just want to hear about your preferred support group for recovery... Please, no bashing any groups. :)
  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I love Al-Anon. When our son was struggling with his addiction, Al-Anon pretty much saved me and my wife. So much comfort in being around others who know exactly what you're experiencing. And it's so helpful to know that you're not alone.
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  3. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I don't know maybe because its 1:50a.m.its humorous but i will admit the sternness i hear when i read...Please,no bashing any other groups.puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh inside
  4. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    In all honesty im not sure if this makes sense or not but me personally used various methods of support.The detox that literally nearly took mylife was not support but was actually a arrogance and honestly the more i share my story and recall the only way i can use word's i know to describe it is Hell on earth minus the flames with a belief so strong in the lord that even if their were flames he would've shielded me from them.But the direct answer to support honestly comes from two places here on earth.1st.One of the most destructive individuals in my family who to this day im the only one within the family who will speak to him because he was/could be one of thee most violent individuals you have ever met spending more than 20 year's of his life in pelican bay prison where he had to learn how to survive and spent 10 year's of that 20 in the SHU secure housing unit for stabbing other prisoner's to death.In the 80's it wasn't looked at as murder but a way of life in maximum security prison.And 2nd here on this forum as i troll a few of you because you help me by reading insight you have supplied for other's that i don't always agree with but i understand the importance of different opinions and the few i follow i do so because it's pure real from the heart advice and direction you supply as well as encouragement.i don't really have an outside source other than the one individual who through God was able to actually get me to see what my worth really is.Not something one would expect from a violent ex con but that is the absolute truth
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  5. Uranusman

    Uranusman Member

    Support group is just nonsense. I tried to recover from drug addiction for a very long time and I could not overcome myself ... I understood that it was harmful and that I had to start a new life but I could not do it on my own. I spoke with different psychologists and was in the community of anonymous drug addicts and realized that it was all deception and fraud and that it was impossible to recover. As a result, I was advised to try to take an online therapy course from This was my last chance not to get to the clinic. I got in touch with these guys and they have provided with real professionals and we immediately started our course of treatment. Two weeks later I was simply amazed because the result was amazing and I did not feel any dependence anymore. I was finally free.
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  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Community Champion

    I’m an atheistic eclectic, I attend 12 steps fellowships and follow non-12 step philosophy as well as psychotherapy, but I don’t have a favorite group, I’m not group oriented, I’m not a joiner. With groups there are followers and leaders and I’m not a follower or a leader. However, intrinsically I’ve been inspired by many individuals, ranging from Jesus Christ to Karl Marx.

    Addiction was my symptom and self-examination was the solution for my recovery, via psychotherapy and the 12 Step model, not recovery groups. The Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship/meetings isn’t the Alcoholics Anonymous suggested program of recovery, it’s the 12 Step model. For my recovery, I used the Al-Anon /ACoA 12 Step model approach i.e. self-searching, the leveling of pride, the confession of shortcomings (control issues, codependency) which the process requires for its successful consummation.
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  7. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    This sounds great , I wanted & IMO really needed something like Al-anon when my Mom was drinking but I was 10 or 11 & was to young to attend.
  8. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    I just noticed this was an older post but what you state still rings true to me at-least .
  9. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    Glad u found something that works for you & hope you stay "Free". Good Day
  10. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    Programs really never helped me , But ! I was forced to go by the courts & Probation , I have chose to go a few times usually 1 or 2 time a year to grab a chip ( for myself ) but have not gone in 2 years , as I want my wife to go with me , I do play games with her , I ask her to go with me for support & to be there when I get my yearly blue chip BUT she always says "Why do you want me to go " I don't tell here exactly why cause I think if she really cared she would go anyway .....Funny she has not figured out that I always want to go on or right after the date I stopped drinking .
    Well maybe this year ????????