This can be described as people with similar experiences helping each other to manage or overcome issues. What it infers is a system where people come together with their peers to build a network of support.
There are many types of mutual aid, with varying approaches and set ups for different cohorts of people. The most widespread are the ’12-step’ fellowships (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous or Families Anonymous), but there are also SMART Recovery Groups. Al-anon and Alateen help families of alcoholics. These supportive networks span the country, at times and in places where a large number of people can access support. There are local groups in Bournemouth which take place regularly.
Some people’s journey to recovery takes them straight to mutual aid; for others, their journey goes via the ‘formal’ structured treatment system or doctors, nurses and counsellors. Either way, mutual aid groups provide an immense opportunity to offer the kind of supportive environment needed to help individuals recover, for sustained life changes for individuals, and the families and communities in which they live.
Contact details for details of mutual aid in Bournemouth:
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - 01202 296000 or 08457697555
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - 0300 999 1212
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA) - 0800 612 0225
- Al Anon (Family support) - 0207 403 0888
- SMART Recovery - 0845 603 9830