Sober living isn’t easy. There’s no question that you’ve got to gather as much support around you as possible. Fortunately, there is support out there, both locally and nationally.
Locally, if you’re already in a sober living facility or halfway house then you’re likely already connected to a variety of local resources, such as the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) daily or weekly meetings. You might also have a sponsor, therapist, psychiatrist, drug counselor, friends, and your AA community.
However, there are also a significant number of national resources for someone struggling with addiction. If for whatever reason, you don’t have the kind of sober living support you were hoping for, you might try the following national resources. They are all free, nonprofit resources dedicated to helping people just like you.
Alcohol and Drug Healthline: 800-821-4357
Alcoholics Anonymous: 212-870-3400
American Council for Drug Education: 800-488-DRUG
American Council on Alcoholism: 800-527-5344
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: 800-662-HELP
Cocaine Anonymous: 310-559-5833
Co-Dependents Anonymous: 602-277-7991
Division on Addiction (Harvard Medical School): 617-432-0058
Families Anonymous (for families with substance abuse): 800-736-9805
Gamblers Anonymous: 213-386-8789
Harm Reduction Coalition: 212-213-6376
Join Together (for communities): 617-437-1500
LifeRing Secular Recovery (LifeRing or LSR): 800-811-4142
LifeRing is a secular and peer-run (similar to the Alcoholics Anonymous community) program for those who wish to recover from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The program can also serve those who are in relationship with someone who is an addict or alcoholic. LifeRing emphasizes to its members that they should experiment with a variety of approaches to maintaining abstinence and they can incorporate ideas from other recovery methods, such as those mentioned below. LifeRing also encourages the use of relapses as learning experiences, rather than an experience of failure. The LifeRing philosophy is based upon the three principles of sobriety, secularity, and self-empowerment. It uses an abstinence approach, meaning that abstinence is the highest goal, which is also similar to the AA philosophy. There are other programs, such as Moderation Management, which includes abstinence on its continuum to achieve, but doesn’t emphasize it in order to meet users where they are at in their process to get healthy. LifeRing, however, emphasizes sobriety and abstinence.
Narcotics Anonymous: 818-773-9999
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: 800-729-6686
National Council on Alcoholism Information Line: 800-NCA-CALL
National Institute on Drug Abuse Information Line: 888-NIH-NIDA
Rational Recovery: 530-621-4374
Rational Recovery is an alternative to the 12-step method that is made up of counseling, guidance, and direct instruction for addicts. Much of the program is offered free on the Internet as well as through books, videos, and lectures. The idea behind Rational Recovery is that a user has both a desire to quit and a desire to keep using, causing great ambivalence. In fact, this ambivalence is the definition of addiction according to Rational Recovery. To solve this ambivalence, the user needs to identify the addictive voice within, which is physiologically related to our core survival functions such as hunger, sex, and need for shelter. When the desires of this inner voice are not satiated, the addict experiences anxiety, depression, restlessness, and irritability. The user needs to identify this inner voice and make amends with this part of the self. To do this, founder of the program Jack Trimpey developed the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT).
Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS): 310-821-8430
SMART Recovery: 440-951-5357
SMART Recovery is a path to sobriety that is secular and scientifically based. It uses non-confrontational yet motivational methods, which strive to change behavior as well as unhealthy thoughts of those who are still using drugs and alcohol. Those who attend SMART Recovery meetings, whether online or at local community meetings, learn recovery methods that have been used in evidence-based addiction treatments. Evidence-based practices are those that are based upon research and have been proven to be successful in treating addictions to drugs, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. SMART Recovery uses therapies such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which have all been success in creating change in clients. SMART Recovery emphasizes four points in the process of recovery: Building Motivation, Coping with Urges, Problem Solving, and Lifestyle Balance. These are used in combination with the various therapeutic method listed above.
Sexaholics Anonymous: 615-331-6230
These are national resources to help boost your support network if you are aiming to get sober and stay that way.
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