When AA Is Not the Answer: SMART Recovery and Other 12-Step Alternatives
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 5, Number 4, June 2017
Tom Horvath, PhD
President, Practical Recovery
Dr. Horvath has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Everyone knows about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the original 12-step group. There are more than 60,000 weekly AA meetings in the U.S. alone. Despite this near-monopoly, however, many patients object to some of the most basic tenets of 12-step groups. This article presents alternatives, such as SMART Recovery.