non 12 stepIncreasing the awareness of AA alternatives is a slow and frustrating task. Headway is made one small step at a time. A recent article on the Huffington Post website marks one of those steps, this one authored by Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery. He writes:

“Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step groups are the leading U.S. approach to addiction recovery. Millions have attended these meetings and “worked the steps.” Popular media include countless references to AA-oriented recovery. Many scientific studies show that attending these meetings is associated with recovery.

“However, many individuals will not attend these meetings, or will not attend them long enough to solidify change. Their reasons include not wanting to accept the labels “addict” or “alcoholic,” not wanting to attend groups of any kind, not wanting to consider oneself powerless, not thinking of oneself as having a disease, or not wanting an approach that encourages lifelong attendance.”

Horvath goes on to mention the alternatives to AA, including LifeRing. See the whole article HERE