Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are the most popular routes to recovery. However, there are other paths to wellness that you may not know. In this guide, we will discuss NA, AA, and three other treatment options that also perform well in addiction treatment.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Described as “nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere,” Alcoholics Anonymous has long dominated as a fellowship for people recovering from alcoholism. AA membership is open to anyone, and it is most known for its 12-step program or group of principles that help people suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction to maintain abstinence from alcohol.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship for recovering addicts. The goal is to meet regularly to help those in recovery stay clean and commit to a drug-free life. NA also has a 12-step program that members follow. During meetings, recovering addicts share their stories with one another. NA even has open meetings for non-addicts, which are often attended by family and friends of addicts who want to gain a better understanding of addiction and recovery.

SMART Recovery

“Discover the Power of Choice.”

SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. As a community of support groups, participants of meetings help one another overcome issues with all forms of addiction – from substance abuse to gambling and sex addiction.

SMART Recovery is built on a 4-Point Program that approaches recovery scientifically and emphasizes self-empowerment and self-reliance. SMART not only serves those in recovery but also their family and friends by providing tools and resources to offer non-confrontational support for a loved one struggling with an addiction.


“Empower your sober self.”

LifeRing Secular Recovery provides sobriety support for those who want to live drug- or alcohol-free lives. The group observes a “3-S” philosophy – sobriety, secularity, and self-help.

LifeRing uses positive social reinforcement and group support to abstain from addiction. Compared to other recovery routes, LifeRing has a unique approach as it doesn’t follow a defined structure or steps. LifeRing enables and supports their members to design their own programs, tailoring personal recovery programs based on the individual.

Women for Sobriety (WFS)

Release the past – plan for tomorrow – live for today.”

Women for Sobriety is an abstinence-based self-help program welcoming all expressions of female identity struggling with a substance abuse disorder. The organization and self-help program is the first of its kind to address the unique needs of women when it comes to overcoming addiction and recovery support.

WFS encourages abstinence from drugs and alcohol through their New Life Program. The program was specifically designed to align with the emotional needs of women and empower self-enhancing behavior. The program is comprised of 13 Acceptance Statements that are to be internalized and used to help those in recovery cope with each day.

At Right Way Recovery Services, we know that each person’s recovery journey is unique. Some will thrive in fellowships like AA or NA, while others may do better when programs are tailored to their needs. Let us provide guidance, coaching, and referrals to find a proven and pre-vetted program that is the right match for you.

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