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Peer Support (Mutual-Support Groups)

Consider seeking help from your faith leader or joining Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA) or another mutual-support group. People in recovery who attend groups regularly do better than those who do not. Mutual-support groups can vary widely, so search around for one that’s comfortable. You’ll get more out of it if you become actively involved by having a sponsor and reaching out to other members for assistance.

There are many options for mutual-support groups, with AA being the most common. (See the Help Links section.) Meetings occur either in person or online and involve participants sharing their personal histories with drinking and recovery, encouraging progress along “12 steps,” many of which, but not all, have a strong spiritual component. Because group dynamics can vary from meeting to meeting, people often visit several meetings before they find one where they feel comfortable.

Learn more about how friends and family can help support your decision.

Order our free print publication, available in English and Spanish

Download or order the free 20-page booklet, “Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol & Your Health”.


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Descargue o ordene copias gratis del folleto de 20 páginas ‘Piénselo Antes de Beber: El Alcohol y su Salud’.


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