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 have any “steps,” does not require spiritual or religious belief (although it is not anti-religious), does not consider addiction to be a disease, does not consider alcoholics to be powerless over alcohol, and does not consider former alcoholics to be “recovering alcoholics.” Rational Recovery views recovery itself as an event rather than a continuing life-long process.

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 Recognition Technique or AVRT.

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

  • The art of AVRT Addictive Voice Recognition Technique. Lotus, CA: Lotus Press, 2010
  • Rational Recovery is an Effective Self-Help Program. In: Barbour, S. (Ed.) Alcohol. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998. (Pages 135–143).
  • Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction, New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1996.
  • The Final Fix for Alcohol and Drug Addiction : AVRT, Addictive Voice
  • Recognition Technique. Lotus, CA: Lotus Press, 1994.

Tripney asserts that "Addiction recovery is secure, permanent abstinence. Nothing else. No issues, no shrinks, no groups, no rehabs. You just quit, then learn the ability to stick to that decision under all conditions."

Learn more about the effective Rational Recovery Program.

Disclaimer: This website is informational only. It makes no suggestions or recommendations about alcohol, drinking, rehabs, programs, or any other matter and none should be inferred. Neither this website nor your host receives any compensation, directly or indirectly, from listing or describing any program. Such listing or description does not imply endorsement. [+]


  • Adair, Miriam J. Alcoholics Anonymous and Rational Recovery: Opposing Philosophies for Differing Personalities. M.A. thesis, Ottawa University, 1993.
  • 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.
  • Schmidt, Eric A.  Node-Link Mapping and Rational Recovery: Enhancing the Recovery Process.  Ed.D. dissertation. University of North Texas, 1997.   
  • Schmidt, E.A., Cams, Ann, and Chandler, Cynthia. Assessing the efficacy of Rational Recovery in the treatment of alcohol/drug dependency. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2001, 19(1), 97-106.
  • Tripney, Jack. Take it from here : Part 1. Audiobook. Lotus, CA: Lotus Press, 1990. (Four discussions on recovery from alcoholism presented by Jack Trimpey.)
  • Tripney, Jack. Addictive Voice Recognition Technique: AVRT. VHS video. California: RRS, 1999.
  • Tripney, Jack. Greater expectations! DVD video. Lotus, CA : Rational Recovery Productions, Inc., 2004.
  • Tripney, Jack. Step zero. Addiction voice recognition technique. Journal of Rational Recovery, 1993, 6(1), 5-7.
  • Tripney, Jack. AVRT in a nutshell. Journal of Rational Recovery, 1994, 6(2), 1-3.  
  • Tripney, Jack and Tripney, Lois. Rational Recovery from Fatness. Lotus, CA: Lotus Press, 1990.
  • Tripney, Jack and Tripney, Lois. Taming the Feast Beast : How to Recognize the Voice of Fatness and End your Struggle with Food Forever. NY: Dell Publishing, 1996. 

Filed Under: Treatments