Alcoholism is a very complex disease that can have both long-term and short-term effects. There are alcohol support groups that help people struggling with alcoholism deal with what they are going through. These support groups are free, and open to those who are wishing to stay sober and abstain from alcohol. They are also anonymous groups, so they are a safe space for people to come. Read more to learn about these support groups.

Alcohol Support Groups: What are They?

About the Groups

Alcohol support groups help to prevent someone struggling with alcoholism from having a relapse. Many people begin participating in a group as part of a structured addiction treatment program. Also, most people often continue attending the same groups after treatment concludes.

Members of a support group can empathize with each person’s situation in a way that others who haven’t struggled with addiction cannot. The people in these support groups are in all different stages of recovery. Typically, someone who has been sober for quite some time is partnered up with someone who is newly trying to abstain from alcohol. They act as a mentor. A mentor is going to be available around the clock for 24/7 support. 

Types of Groups

Since recovery support groups come in many forms, people can choose one that fits them best. For example, some are secular while others are more religious based. One of the most well-known is AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous. This group is open to anyone as long as they are practicing abstinence. The group is very spiritual and they teach a 12-step plan. There is another program called SMART. This stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. They are a non-spiritual version of AA, and use a 4-step method. 

On the other hand, Moderation Management (MM) takes a slightly different approach. They do not require their members to completely practice abstinence from alcohol. Their members do not drink for 30 days, and keep a journal during that time. After that time, individuals are then able to reintroduce alcohol responsibly. They believe it is not always practical for people to go without drinking completely. 

As you can see, there are many alcohol support groups out there to fit a wide range of needs. If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol addiction, one of these support groups can be an important part of your journey.