Here are some links and descriptions of sites I have found useful, and that deal with recovery from addiction in a rational way. These alternative to only AA/12step sites, do not require the religious/spiritual type beliefs, of 12 step groups, such as AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous. I have also included text links to blogs that I read and hope to add to this. If you write a good recovery blog, let me know.
Addiction Helper offers advice to 1000’s of addicts, alcoholics, family members, and other services looking for addiction help all over the UK every month.
We also have a section dedicated to students please see here https://www.addictionhelper.
Addiction Helper has been operating a free 24/7 helpline service offering addiction treatment advice since 2009. https://www.addictionhelper.
We get 7,000 national enquiries every month also from a variety of sources including the NHS, doctors, local drug and alcohol teams, social services and government information lines. We have a fully trained team consisting of 10 people who include counsellors, key workers and nurses in recovery from a variety of addictions, most have been through some form of treatment themselves for addictions.
Who makes enquiries through us?
90% of our enquires are from family members, loved ones and people desperately looking for help, the other 10% are from hospitals, local drug and alcohol teams, social services, doctors surgeries, charitable organisations and fire and police services etc. We spend as much time possible trying to help the enquirer in a variety of ways including as much support as we can give and then we signpost them to their free face 2 face local services, counselling and support groups.
What advice do we give?
I can’t explain in an email all the help we give as it is so varied but most of our enquirers don’t have funds in place for treatment so we explain to them what services are available for them. For most enquires we explain how to get registered with the local drug and alcohol team or the free services available like counselling, how this works and processes involved to get the most out of the free services available. As you may well know funding all over the country has been reduced significantly over the last few years so understanding this information is very important to getting the help the person needs. We also provide information and advice attending self-help groups for the person or family member, some of which include alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, smart recovery and Al-Anon etc. We also run a free text service so the information we give stays on their phone. Enquiries who are able to fund treatment or have funding arranged from their local drug and alcohol team would be able to get immediate admission to any rehab in the UK via our service as we work with most of rehabs in the UK.
Relationship Manager – Addiction Treatment LTD
This is a new site that looks like it is going to be a great resource for people to explore all things addiction related. The site has only just started, and is going to include a wide range of bloggers talking about issues and a good selection of experts. This type of site is badly needed as it is a place where people can compare a few different solutions and find what works for them
St Judes Retreats recently got in touch with me to talk about their approach, which is a great alternative to traditional 12 step solutions. This is how they describe the program.
I was sent a link to this site and have included it here as it provides a wide range of information about various addictions and suggests and reviews a wide range of solutions. I feel it really is important to look for a solution that will suit you, rather than simply the most well known, as many people do not really respond to the common methods based on AA and would do better with a different type of motivation.
Providing Addiction Information
and Treatment Center Reviews.
Addiction Center is your comprehensive addiction information hub. We are the definitive guide to the dangers of abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and more. We review top treatment centers to help you find the one that gives you or your loved one the best chance at a successful recovery.
I became aware of this centre after Andrew Tatarsky kindly sent me some information on Harm Reduction, via the contact form on the site. I have had a look at the site and they sem to offer a service that would have been really useful to me when I was having problems with alcohol and drugs.
Many treatment centres are glorified hotels with some 12 step meetings thrown in, but this is not like that. They are offering therapy based on the needs of an individual or family, which would vary depending on the evaluation. It is certainly a reassuring feeling to know that rational solutions exist, should we need them at any time!
This is from their mission Statement
The Center for Optimal Living provides innovative, integrative and personalized treatment, based on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, to individuals and families with substance use problems and other risky and addictive behaviors. Our approach recognizes the complexity and multiple meanings of these behaviors and is based on the principles of compassion, collaboration and empowerment to promote healing and positive change.
A great resourse for those interested in the Sinclair Method. This site is run, by the actress Claudia Christian and also has a Uk based site http://cthreeeurope.com
The describe themselves here:
Every year 3.3 million people die from alcohol-related injury and disease. They don’t have to. There is a scientifically tested way to reverse the alcohol cravings felt by those with alcohol use disorder. We’ve already helped hundreds of people turn their lives and their health around with The Sinclair Method.
All of the resources you find on this site are offered free of charge. There are links to news articles, videos, testimonials and resources you can print and give to your doctor. Everything we do at the C Three Foundation revolves around getting help to those who need it. If the treatment industry has failed you (or someone you love), this site is for you–because you are not powerless and hope is available. #OptionsSaveLives
Andrew got in touch with me via the contact page and sent me some great information about harm reduction which I am very grateful for. I have had a look at his site and am going to read his book about the subject which has very good reviews.
I do feel harm reduction is a great method to use if you cannot or do not wish to abstain. Most people do not manage to abstain at first even if this is their aim, and this can lead to dangerous problems. Andrew has a good site, that really shows a good practical alternative to the 12 step model, for those that do not want that approach.
This site has some varied writers as well as a forum and a place you can comment. It has recently had a management change. They cover some controversial subjects. It used to be good but the standard of writing has dropped. Unfortunately the comments sections on many pages have been allowed to be taken over by “Orange-papers trolls” who simply argue endlessly with each other, and prevent any reasonable discussion. They are also allowing various people to write articles without payment and these are not always very balanced. Occasionally there is something worth reading and there have been some good pieces in the past, but I don’t expect anything groundbreaking there any more.
They describe themselves as
The Fix is the world’s leading website about addiction and recovery, featuring a daily mix of breaking news, exclusive interviews, investigative reports and essays on sober living. We also offer rigorously reported Rehab Reviews, with input from thousands of alumni.
At Kool Living Recovery, we specialize in providing customized treatment programs to our clients. Just like no two individuals are the same, their individual recovery process is not necessarily the same either. Since everyone has different needs that come from different circumstances, our programs are designed to fix the root of each client’s addiction problem, regardless of what phase or state they are in.
We will never try to make our client adjust to our program, but instead, modify the program to fit the client’s needs.
Our ‘How To Choose The Best Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Center’ is a useful resource for anyone, regardless of location. You can find the guide here: http://www.koolrecovery.com/how-to-choose-the-best-inpatient-alcohol-rehab-center/
Lance has written the excellent new book “The Sober Truth?” which is a great look at the world of 12 step recovery in both AA and rehab and talks about why it has very limited success.
He has written several other recovery books and has a blog on his site.
Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (retired). He has been the Director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, Director of the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (now part of Massachusetts General Hospital) and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He annually chairs the discussion group The Patient with Addiction in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at the fall meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author or co-author of a number of journal articles and book chapters about addiction. His books, The Heart of Addiction (HarperCollins, 2002) and Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (HarperCollins, 2011) have been described as revolutionary advances in understanding how addictions work. Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for “Distinguished Contribution” to the study and treatment of addictive behavior, and has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He has been invited to speak about the treatment of addiction at symposia around the country.
This organisation got in touch with me to let me know about this great resourse page, “The Real Facts About Drugs” They have compiled information on common narcotics, as well as guidance on issues such as substance abuse, addiction help and more.
The National Organization of Students Against Substance Abuse was founded by drunk driving victims with the objective of creating a drug and alcohol free environment for students and society as a whole, and to help people, get back on the wagon.
Above is a link to the smart recovery site. Smart recovery helps people deal with the issues that drive them to alcohol addiction in a different way to the 12 step world which is more faith-based and requires a “higher power”.
Smart deals with issues such as self-esteem and offers practical help either in meetings or through web-based meetings which are accessible to many. May be worth a try, especially if the traditional methods do not appeal to you.
He runs the life Process program and has written many books over the years which I certainly found helpful. He writes about building self-confidence and self empowerment and is often critical of traditional faith-based methods like AA.
I found reading his books to be very beneficial and would recommend them to others looking for an alternative solution. He often works as a broadcaster on both radio and television. I don’t agree with everything he says and I feel he sometimes attempts to be controversial to get attention, but he is certainly worth investigating.
You can buy his books here.
The Clean Slate Addiction Site. This site is run by Steven Slate.
I have read many of the things he has written and have been impressed by his ideas. He also works on building self-confidence as does not seem to be a fan of long-term 12 Step involvement. He has been through recovery himself and has tried different methods. I have not had any treatment from him but many of the ideas he talks about are methods that I have used.
I really like the community that is growing here. It has just under 30,00 members and is steadily growing which is very impressive for a site that is only about 18 months old. Most members are women but there are quite a few men. Most people seem to be interested in self empowering solutions rather than those that are religious, but there is room for everyone.
There is a chatroom that is well supported, as well as members blogs, book reviews and plenty of other things to read. It is good to see people coming to gether and supporting each other, in this way.
This was an interesting site with some really good writers, that covered all areas of addiction solutions, but it has sadly shut down. I feel the writing was of a higher standard to similar sites and had people such as Stanton Peele contributing. It was certainly superior to the Fix site in content but is no longer going due to lack of funding and only exists in an archive state.