“There are multiple pathways of addiction recovery and all are cause for celebration”
– William White

Here we present some of the various pathways of Recovery and welcome suggestions for additions!

12-Step: ( AA, NA, CA, ACA, DRA)

  • https://www.aa.org/ : Alcoholics Anonymous
  • https://www.na.org/ : Narcotics Anonymous
  • https://ca.org/ : “Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction.”
  • https://adultchildren.org/ : “Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) is a Twelve StepTwelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The ACA program was founded on the belief that family dysfunction is a disease that infected us as children and affects us as adults.”
  • http://www.draonline.org : “Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis.
  • https://ctna.org/    : Connecticut Region of Narcotics Anonymous’ website. Virtual and in person meeting listings, CT NA region information, and more.

Secular

LifeRing Secular Recovery “is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people. Many LifeRing members attend other kinds of meetings or recovery programs, and we honor those decisions. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.”
Learn More:
https://www.lifering.org/

 

SMART Recovery “is an abstinence-oriented, not-for-profit organization for individuals with addictive problems. Our self-empowering, free mutual support meetings focus on ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. SMART Recovery does not use labels like ‘addict’ or ‘alcoholic.’ We teach scientifically validated methods designed to empower you to change and to develop a more positive lifestyle.”
Learn More: https://www.smartrecovery.org/

Spiritual/Religious:

White Bison Inc. “is an American Indian/Alaska Native non-profit charitable organization…and is based in Colorado Springs, CO. Through White Bison, it’d Founder and President Don Coyhis, MohicaN Nation, has offered healing resources to Native America since 1988. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resource to the Native American/Alaska Native Community nationwide. Many non-Native people also use White Bison’s healing resource products, attend its learning circles, and volunteer their services.”
Learn More: https://whitebison.org/

 

Refuge Recovery “is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. This program is an approach to recovery that understands: All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.”
Learn More: https://refugerecovery.org/

Celebrate Recovery “is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.”
Learn More: https://www.celebraterecovery.com/


Alcoholics for Christ “is an inter-denominational, non profit, Christian fellowship that ministers to three groups: Alcoholics or Substance users, Family members- those who relate regularly with an alcoholic or substance abuser, and Adult Children – individuals who were raised in alcoholic, substance use or dysfunctional families”
Learn More: https://www.alcoholicsforchrist.com/

 

Pioneer Association – “The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart is an international organisation for Roman Catholic teetotalers that is based in Ireland. Its members are commonly called Pioneers. While the PTAA does not advocate prohibition, it does require of its members complete abstinence from alcoholic drink.”
Learn More: https://www.pioneerassociation.ie/

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT):

MAT “is the use of medications, such as Methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol, Antabuse, Campral, and Topamax, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs.” -SAMHSA

Click Here For A National Directory of Medication Assisted Treatment Providers.

Wellness Based Recovery:

Consists of practices such as Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, Tai-Chi, etc.

Active Sober Community:

Defined by various organizations, communities, and programs that promote an active lifestyle through fitness, connection to nature through outdoor activities, creative projects and more,  in coordination with community-building to help people on their path to sustained Recovery.

Some examples are:

The Phoenix: Defines their mission as “building a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformation power of connection so that together we Rise, Recovery, and Live.
Learn More: https://thephoenix.org/

 

ROCovery Fitness Inc. “is the NYS premier resource for Recovery Support through fitness and sober living, connecting peers, friends and family through wellness, acceptance, and understanding.”
Learn More: https://www.rocoveryfitness.org/

 

Fit To Recover seeks to “provide a safe place for people in recovery to connect through fitness, nutrition, creative arts and community service. Fit To Recover seeks to bring balance to our lives through our four pillars: Nutrition, Community Service, Creative Arts, and Fitness. We accomplish this through group cooking classes, artistic endeavors, service outreach, and sports & exercise.
Learn More: https://www.fit2recover.org/

Online Recovery Supports:

In this age of digital engagement and various social challenges that may prevent individuals from being able to access in person recovery support, there has been an emergence of various Online Recovery Supports including various websites, apps, and blogs. Sometimes people feel they can be more open when engaging from their home or by way of virtual meetings.

In The Rooms was started with a simple goal in mind: to give recovering addicts a place to meet and socialize when they’re not in face-to-face meetings. This basic concept has grown into a global online community with over 650,000 members who share their strength and experience with one another daily. Through live meetings, discussion groups, and all the other tools In the Rooms has to offer, people from around the world connect with one another and help each other along their recovery journeys.
Learn More: https://www.intherooms.com/home/