Alternative Groups and Rehabs

Self-Help Information and Groups

SMART Recovery
SMART stands for Self Management And Recovery Training. SMART Recovery® offers free scientifically based mutual help groups (including groups online) for abstaining from any addictive behavior (alcohol, other substances, or activities). See

Women For Sobriety
This is another of the original alternatives to AA. WFS helps individuals with its Thirteen Statements of Acceptance. In contrast to the 12 Steps, these are non-religious thoughtsthat help members become more self-reliant in everyday life and achieve a lasting and successful recovery. Visit their site:

LifeRing Secular Recovery
For a secular approach to alcoholism and addiction treatment offering meetings across the U.S. and also a wealth of information on how to recover from addictions, visit

16 Step Groups
Charlotte Kasl has developed an empowering alternative to AA groups. Instead of AA’s 12 Steps that take a spiritual and moral slant, she offers “16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment” and a plan for group meetings based on these steps. Check

The Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
See for extensive information on alternative treatment approaches as well as distinguished, professional advice from a rebel in the addiction treatment community.

Practical Recovery Services
PRS offers an alternative to the 12-step approach. At PRS individuals are not labeled “alcoholics” or “addicts.” Addictive behavior is understood as a complex maladaptive behavior, rather than a disease. See

Overview of Addiction Support Groups
There are Support groups for all types of addictions and all types of people. And there are hundreds of support groups full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider. Here’s a thorough list from Pinnacle Peak Recovery:

Treatment Centers Using a Whole Person Approach and/or Alternative Techniques

Casco Bay Recovery
For a wide range of therapeutic interventions for addiction treatment in Portland, Maine: Casco Bay Recovery

Eagle Creek Ranch Recovery in Idaho
For a comprehensive addiction treatment facility in Idaho, see: Eagle Creek Ranch

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment in New Jersey
Harmony Healing Center in Cherry Hill, NJ offers first-rate substance abuse addiction treatment and mental health counseling:

Rehab Center in South Florida
Check out Recreate Life Counseling for addiction treatment in Florida: Drug Rehab in Boynton Beach, FL by Recreate Life Counseling.

Rehab Resources in Illinois
For a rundown of the wide variety of programs and services in Illinois: Rehab Resources in Illinois – Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Orange County, California
See this resource for dual diagnosis treatment centers in Orange County: Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers In Orange County | Acera.

Addiction Treatment in Tennessee
Tulip Hill Recovery provides a Whole-Person Approach to addiction treatment. See: Tulip Hill Recovery

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Saint Louis
Sana Lake Recovery offers a wide variety of addiction treatment therapies. See: Sana Lake Recovery.

Little Creek Recovery Center in Pennsylvania 
For a recovery program that treats body, mind and soul: Little Creek Recovery.

Northern Illinois Recovery Center
For information on treatment choices and addiction resources in northern Illinois, see: Northern Illinois Recovery Center.

North Jersey Recovery Center
This center offers a broad-based approach to treatment: North Jersey Recovery Center.

Kingsway Recovery Center
Offering substance abuse and mental health treatment, this center provides a broad range of clinical treatment services located in the heart of New Jersey: Kingsway Recovery.

Free by the Sea
Offering a complete spectrum of addiction treatment along the Pacific coastline in the state of Washington, check out: Free by the Sea.

Wish Recovery
For a holistic and tailored approach to your recovery, check out this luxury rehab & detox in California. This facility offers a wide variety of personalized treatment modalities: Wish Recovery

Harmony Place Drug Rehab Center
For a Whole-Person Rehab Facility in Los Angeles, see: Harmony Place.

Riverside Recovery
Riverside Recovery of Tampa, Florida offers a complete continuum of care for both men and women suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. See Riverside Recovery.

Bedrock Recovery Center
This facility employs an individualized approach that treats the underlying causes of addiction. It places clients’ needs first. Located near historical Boston metropolitan area in Massachusetts. See: Bedrock Recovery Center.

Spring Hill Recovery Center
This facility offers evidence-based, comprehensive addiction treatment tailored to you. It’s located in Ashby, Massachusetts:

The Clearing
Located in the Pacific northwest, The Clearing serves as a dual diagnosis residential treatment center specializing in alcohol abuse, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other conditions. This treatment center offers an alternative program to the 12-Steps. See:

Vertava Health Ohio
For effective, evidence-based treatment in Ohio, check out Vertava Health Ohio. This organization provides effective, multi-level care for individuals with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders.

California Highlands
This facility in the rolling hills of California offers a wide variety of proven, evidence-based therapies to assist with individualized and comprehensive addiction treatment. See:

Ark Behavioral Health operates four addiction treatment facilities
This organization operates four addiction treatment facilities in Massachusetts. See info here: Massachusetts’ Best Detox And Rehab Centers – Ark Behavioral Health.

Alo House Recovery Centers
The mission of Alo House Recovery Centers is to use ‘connection, not control’ to help their clients achieve autonomy, empowerment, and a sense of community. See more about their treatment program that relies on a broad spectrum of proven techniques here:

The Recovery Village Columbus
This drug and alcohol rehab center in Ohio offers comprehensive addiction treatment for all levels of care. Check the treatment options at their website:

Abbeycare Foundation
For addiction treatment in the United Kingdom, check out Abbeycare Foundation, a well-established rehab facility in the UK.

A Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Program using an Integrative Care Model.
Canaan, Connecticut (in the Berkshire Mountains)

Cliffside Malibu
Malibu, California

G&G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center
North Miami Beach, Florida

The Hills Treatment Center
Los Angeles, California

Passages Malibu
Malibu, California

Schick Shadel Hospital
Seattle, Washington

St Jude Retreat House
Hagaman, New York

Sierra Tucson Treatment Center
Tucson, Arizona

Support Systems Homes
Substance abuse treatment programs located in Northern California

Florida Rehabilitation Center
Delray Beach, FL

The Ranch
Nunnelly, Tennessee