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    Alternatives to AA?
    CuriousinSeattle posted:
    Hi, I am looking for some advice from this community on finding some healthy non-AA alternatives to beating alcohol abuse? I am not ruling out AA altogether, but I am exploring other ideas to get myself some help. I started seeing an addiction counselor last week who might be able to help give other ideas. Over the last year I have been drinking too much and have recently starting thinking about quitting. But need some help and want to find all my options. Just getting to this point - asking for help - has been a big step for me. Thanks.
    Betty Ford Center
    Johanna O'Flaherty, PhD responded:
    Successful treatment at Betty Ford Center is based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but we are mindful that there are many roads to recovery. Your addiction counselor may be able to offer you guidance, and if you are in a large city, there are probably a variety of options ranging from Rational Recovery to the Secular Organizations for Sobriety. It is wonderful that you have arrived at the point where you are asking questions and seeking help. If you do find yourself choosing AA, look for the similarities in the stories and solutions, and remember you don't have to live in discomfort and pain ever again with the support of this sober network.
    memelanie1 responded:
    I recommend Smart Recovery. It was a great help to me during a difficult time
    nkaplan2113 responded:
    A lot of times there are common misconceptions of the AA program. I know by experience I walked out immediatly after going in the first time. But as someone explained it better I was able to grasp the idea in a different light and accept it. I am now 7 and a half years sober at the age of 24 and I also work at a treatment center. Needless to say it works.
    If you have any questions let me know.
    santabarbara_lmft responded:
    At Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling we offer: DrinkChoice, a powerful six-week exploration of one's drinking habits, leading to moderation or abstinence; a non-12-Step Coping Skills Training for drinkers pursuing abstinence support, and a Private Independent Recovery Track for those wishing anonymity and privacy as they pursue healthy lifestyle changes. Our clients also benefit from substance use education, moderation skills training and other supportive resources as needed, such as EMDR and trauma-focused CBT . When appropriate, we work with physicians and other healing professionals who to support successful recovery. Karen Tyrrell 805-966-5100
    victormusial responded:
    On 02/19/1993 I stopped drinking - i had to spend 10 days in the hospital first because I was close to dying of congestive heart failure. I then entered a traditional but very strict and regimented treatment center with AA at it's core. My personal beliefs rebelled, but I played their game. At night, I read a boook secreted in to me by my brother called "When AA Doesn't Work For You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol", by Dr. Albert Ellis. In 1955, he developed "Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy". His works led to the "alternative" to AA called Rational Recovery, which I joind and started a group where I lived and attendance was growing. RR at the national level soon suffered internal power struggles. Not a big fan of that kind of crap, I just stuck to the book. It's been over 15 years since I even though about drinking and I onlanded here while researching what my Uncle who was diagnosed last week with Cirrhosis of the liver. Even though we live on opposite coasts, we visit once a year. I pray for an end to his suffering and the suffering of all beings. Of course he will always be welcome to my home in Oregon should he so choose.

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