Substance Abuse Support Groups

SMART Recovery® (Science-based mutual support for addictions to behaviors or substances)
SMART Recovery® stands for Self Management and Recovery Training.  SMART utilizes science-based psychological tools and techniques to help people abstain from addictions to substances and/or behaviors.  SMART focuses on (1)Building an maintaining motivation, (2) Coping with urges, (3) Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, & (4) Living a balanced life.

Refuge Recovery
"Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world." (from )

"The hallmark of a quality treatment program is to match the treatment to the individual. We adopt that same approach in our self-help work. We encourage each participant to work out their own particular path and to use the group process as a workshop for that purpose." (from

HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol
"HAMS is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for anyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better. The acronym HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support." (from  

Moderation Management
Moderation Management (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and 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. MM promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal. MM is run by lay members who came to the organization to resolve personal issues and stayed to help others. (from

Celebrate Recovery®
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program. "...Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help me make those changes." (from

Alcoholics Anonymous - Orange County
"A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole." (from