Rational Recovery: A Free Program for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Self-Help

Rational Recovery is a free program for the treatment of addiction that is offered through the internet as well as through books and videos. It uses Cognitive Therapy to help individuals achieve abstinence permanently rather than one day at a time.

The psychological principles on which Rational Recovery are based are also basic to evidence-based treatment around the world because of their demonstrated effectiveness. Empirical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Rational Recovery.

Rational Recovery is not a 12-step program, does not require belief in any religion (although it is not anti-religious), does not consider addiction to be a disease, and does not consider alcoholics helpless over alcohol.

Meetings are unnecessary because Rational Recovery teaches people how to overcome their desire for alcohol or drugs independently themselves and on their own. The specific technique taught is known as Addictive Voice Recovery Technique or AVRT.

Rational Recovery was developed in 1986 by licensed clinician Jack Tripney, who is the author of

  1. The Small Book: A Revolutionary Alternative for Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Abuse. New York, NY: Dell Publications, 1995.
  2. Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction, New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1996.
  3. Rational Recovery is an Effective Self-Help Program. In: Barbour, S. (Ed.) Alcohol. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998. (Pages 135–143).

Learn more about the free and effective Rational Recovery Program.

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  • Beck, A., et al. Cognitive Therapy of Substance Abuse. New York, NY: Guilford Press, 1993.
  • Fisher, Gary L. and Roget, Nancy A. Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2009.
  • Fox, Vince. Addiction, Change & Choice: The New View of Alcoholism. Tucson, AZ: See Sharp Press, 1993.
  • Galanter, Mark, et al.  Rational Recovery: Alternative to AA for Addiction?  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1993,19 (4), 499–510.

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