When it comes to finding a pathway to helping an addict to recovery, most people and most courts think of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
The popular view is that AA and NA are the only ways for someone to get clean and sober, and stay that way.
But there are other options, organizations like SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery and the Buddhist Recovery Network.
For some, these alternatives can do what AA and NA could not.
Chris O’Droski works at Home of New Vision, an addiction recovery organization. He is a recovering alcoholic.
O’Droski and recovering heroin addict Caitlin Darfler joined us to talk about why AA and NA didn’t work for them, and why people struggling with addiction might not always be aware that there are other options available to help them.
“Minding Michigan” is Stateside’s ongoing series that examines mental health issues in our state.
*This interview was originally broadcast on July 20, 2016.
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