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The Top 10 Free Peer Support Groups

by | Dec 15, 2021 | Top Reviews

 

The Top 10 Free Peer Support Groups

 

Discover the Top 10 Free Peer Support Groups ranked by monthly unique visitors by SEMRUSH, with links, monthly traffic over the last year and ‘About Us’ descriptions. Please note this list is not exhaustive and based on a subjective selection of the best peer support groups ranked objectively. If you have experience of any of these groups, and/or would like to add ones that are not included, please do so in the comments at the bottom of this post.

 

1) Alcoholics Anonymous – https://aa.org/ – 1.2m

 

Monthly Traffic for the AA

 

“Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.”

 

2) SMART Recovery – https://www.smartrecovery.org/ – 52.3K

 

 

“SMART Recovery is a fresh approach to addiction recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This is more than an acronym: it is a transformative method of moving from addictive substances and negative behaviours to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.”

Notes: For those undergoing Medication-Assisted Treatment, SMART Recovery supports the legal use of prescription psychiatric and addiction medications, including Suboxone and Methadone.

 

3) The Phoenix -23.9k

 

 

“The Phoenix’s mission is to build a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover, and live.”

 

4) Lifering – https://lifering.org/ – 7.7K

 

 

“LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of illicit or non-medically indicated drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people. Many LifeRing members attend other kinds of meetings or recovery programs, and we honor those decisions. Some have had negative experiences in attempting to find help elsewhere, but most people soon find that LifeRing’s emphasis on the positive, practical present-day can turn anger and despair into hope and resolve. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.”

 

5) Recovery Dharma – https://recoverydharma.org/ – 5K

 

 

“Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically-structured organization. Our mission is to support individuals on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles. We believe that the traditional Buddhist teachings, often referred to as the Dharma, offer a powerful approach to healing from addiction and living a life of true freedom.”

 

6) Women for Sobriety – https://womenforsobriety.org/- 3.8k

 

 

“WFS envisions a world where individuals live mindful lives and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Through the New Life Program, WFS supports women seeking a sober life in recovery from problematic substance use.”

 

7) AA Agnostica – http://aaagnostica.org/  – 3.5K

 

 

“AA Agnostica is meant to be a helping hand for the alcoholic who reaches out to Alcoholics Anonymous for help and finds that she or he is disturbed by the religious content of many AA meetings.”

 

8) SOS – http://www.sossobriety.org/ – 2.2K

 

 

“Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups, dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety/abstinence from alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction and more.”

 

9) Moderation Management – https://www.moderation.org/ – 2K

 

 

“Moderation Management™ (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. We promote early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking may be an achievable goal.”

Notes: It’s important to be aware that the MM recommends 30 days of abstinence before starting the moderation part of the program.

 

10) Dual Recovery Anonymous http://www.draonline.org/ – 1.3K

 

 

“Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Both illnesses affect us in all areas of our lives; physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.”

 

NB. I don’t approve of treating a drug condition with drugs except in the most exceptional cases that prove the rule (!) And for this reason I do not list it in the Top 10 but rather here: Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous – https://www.mara-international.org/

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Holmes is a former International School Principal and high functioning alcoholic for over thirty years who spent years researching how to stop drinking which led to training as an Alcohol Addiction CBT Therapist and culminated in writing his unique mindfulness method of alcohol cessation in "Holmes's Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol; The Easy, Mindful and Pain-free Way".

Holmes has a Master's degree from UCL, and is a registered CBT Therapist at NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, and abides by their professional standards and ethics.

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