Twelve step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are possibly the oldest and most well-established of the aftercare services in recovery. Twelve step groups frequently host fellowship events which are fun activities within a sober environment. Technique, and participants report success in using the Twelve Steps to conquer ills such as drug addiction, compulsive eating, and gambling obsessions.  Twelve step programs that see addiction as a disease tend to promote guiding principles to facilitate acknowledging a lack of control over one’s addiction and building relationship with a higher power in order to quit.

Recovery Companions and Sober Companions are individuals who can stay with you for extended periods of time to help ensure your safety and sobriety. A sober companion, sober coach, or recovery coach provides one-on-one assistance to newly recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. This transitional period is often awkward and uncomfortable for the recovering person therefore, sober companionship and coaching offers support, encouragement, and camaraderie during this crucial time.

Although the Twelve step program is highly recommended there are other forms of treatment that a sober coach, recovery coach or sober companion can help you with.  Smart Recovery and Refuge Recovery are some that come to mind.  Basically, the answer is no you don’t have to do AA or any twelve step program if you work with a a sober coach, recovery coach or sober companion.  Everyone is different and may benefit from a different method than what worked for someone else.

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