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Are There Any Support Groups for Alcoholics Besides AA?

Learn about support groups for alcoholics besides AA in this Howcast video featuring addictions specialist Paul J. Rinaldi, Ph.D.


People are often wondering whether if there's other things they can do for treatment besides AA. In fact, there are many. AA is one treatment option, however it's not the only one. There are many ways to get treatment and get effective treatment for problematic alcohol use.

AA is one of them, then there's other self-help groups. And one of the self-help groups is called "Smart Recovery." And again, it's self-help in the sense that it is a group format where people can come, and really find other people who are going through the same kinds of things or have gone through the same kinds of issues around alcohol.

Other people really don't like to go to meetings.They don't like to be necessarily in groups of people. So, sometimes what people do is they pursue therapy, individual therapy with an addiction specialist. Addiction specialists are those people who have specialized training in treating addictive disorders. People have found that very effective working individually with someone.

Other people will go to treatment centers. Treatment centers are sometimes connected to hospital systems, sometimes they're free standing community based organizations. And those organizations provide different kinds of treatment; individual therapy, group therapy, and different kinds of group therapies. But the real issue is that no one should go it alone. There are many options out there, and people should pursue treatment that fits them, and makes them feel okay, and makes them feel comfortable. And often that means trying different things until you find the treatment option that seems to work best for you. But again, I need to emphasize don't try to go it alone, get help, get support. There's plenty out there for you.

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