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Posted by William Burns on November 08, 2000 at 02:08:52:

In Reply to: Help seeking advice about recovery process posted by Janine on November 07, 2000 at 19:10:59:

There are many avenues of recovery, 12 step, cognitive, and spontaneous,
self recovery. You can get info from AA, SMART Recovery, and the Albert
Ellis and Stanton Peele site about the methods.
AA has a 98 percent failure rate. Just as many people recover with SMART
Recovery as do AA, and self recovery beats all modalities by a small
percent.
People recover when they are ready to, and forced recovery does not seem to
have any long term benefits.
AA says meetings for life, SMART says 18 to 24 months. AA has been
deemed to be a religious organization by the supreme court, and SMART is
secular.
There is also Moderation Management which teaches people how to
moderate their drinking, SOS, Rational Recovery and Women for Sobriety are
abstinence organizations. Many people recover with church involvement as
well.
The dominate force in the recovery industry is AA, but that is slowly
changing.

: I am a graduate student in counseling and I am trying to learn about what recovery programs have worked and what does not work. Could anyone out there please tell me about their recovery, what worked-AA, NA, recovery center? How many meetings would you recommend? How long did it take to quit? Any advice would be helpful. I want to learn from real people, not just textbooks. Thanks.


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