How do Self Help Groups Compare
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  RR
Rational Recovery
S.M.A.R.T.
Self-Management and Recovery Training
S.O.S
Secular
Organization for Sobriety
W.F.S.
Woman for Sobriety
AA
Alcoholics Anonymous
CA, NA
Cocaine/Narcotics
M.M.
Moderation Management

Goal

Abstinence from alcohol & drugs Abstinence from alcohol or drugs Abstinence from all alcohol & drugs Abstinence from alcohol
& drugs
Abstinence from all alcohol & drugs Alcohol moderation
Main Technique AVRT
Addictive Voice Recognition
Identifying and changing destructive thinking "Priority one" - not drinking or using Spirituality and self-empowerment. The 12-Steps and the 12-traditions Self-monitoring & life balance
Habit or Disease? Habit Habit Disease Disease Disease Habit
Optimal Length of Program? On going treatment is not needed 6-24 months or until skills are mastered Until the pleasures
 of sobriety are greater than the pleasures
of using
6-24 months or until skills are mastered A lifetime or as needed 6 to 18 months
Emphasis on Social Support None Minimal Strong Strong Strong Moderate
Spiritual/Religious Emphasis None Optional None Strong Essential Optional
Optimal # of meetings one should attend each week. 0 1 to 3 2 to 3 1 to 3 Daily 1 to 2
The group size range. N/A 5-15 5-15 5-15 5- 100's 5-15
Cost? For fee Donations Donations Donations Donations Donations
Effectiveness Has not been scientifically tested As effective  as 12-step methods Has not been scientifically tested Has not been scientifically tested Effective for  10 to 15% Has not been scientifically tested
Availability on national scale 0 groups 200 groups 300 groups 250 groups Plentiful Very Rare

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* Moderation Management, SMART recovery, Recovery, Inc,. SOS (secular organization for sobriety), WFS (woman for sobriety), Life Ring.