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Self-Help Groups

Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS) (also known as Save Our Selves)
This self-help group was organized to help people with addiction issues specific to alcohol and drugs. Its premise is that the power to achieve sobriety comes from within and is not dependent on a higher power. People of all faiths as well as those who do not subscribe to religion are welcome to be part of this group. Members support one another in order to reinforce staying free of drugs/alcohol by utilizing critical thinking skills to gain understanding of destructive behaviors that cause substance abuse.

Women for Sobriety (WFS)
This organization was founded as a support group for female alcoholics, whose needs specific to alcoholism may differ from those of male alcoholics based on the differences in recovery rates. Women for Sobriety has developed a belief statement encompassing thirteen principles of acceptance that encourage women to focus on emotional and personal growth. The philosophy of WFS has sparked interest among men, who have formed a group called Men for Sobriety.

Calix is a self-help group originally founded by Catholics, although membership is open to non-Catholics as well. Abstinence, spiritual growth, and the holistic integration of each person are encouraged.

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others (JACS)
Originally founded by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, this group sought to incorporate elements of the Jewish faith into their path to recovery. JACS' mission is to educate the Jewish community about the myriad personal, family, community, and spiritual factors that affect alcoholics.

Rational Recovery (RR)
Rational Recovery does not subscribe to the notion that belief in a higher power is necessary for recovery. Although it does not negate belief in a higher power, its premise is that the abuser can attain recovery by abstaining and becoming skilled at ridding the self of irrational thoughts and behaviors. This philosophy is based on a treatment modality called Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), developed by Albert Ellis.

Rational Recovery groups utilize the services of trained professionals who understand the concepts of RET. This group is not limited to alcoholics; people with other addictions can also be members. RR believes that the other types of self-help groups which subscribe to the idea of powerlessness may actually encourage participants to develop addiction to the recovery group. RR encourages skill development so that eventually attendance at meetings is no longer necessary.