Secular Recovery is a style of recovery that does not involve reliance on any religious or spiritual ideas (God or Higher Power), experiences (conversion), or religious rituals (prayer). Groups providing support for a secular style of recovery include Secular Organization for Sobriety, LifeRing Secular Recovery, and Rational Recovery.
Serial Recovery is the process through which individuals with multiple concurrent or sequential problems resolve these problems and move toward optimum level of functioning and quality of life. Serial recovery refers to the process of sequentially shedding two or more drugs or recovering from two or more different conditions. It refers to the overlapping processes involved in recovering from addiction and other physical or behavioral/emotional disorders (see Sobriety Date).
Service Committees are the structures within recovery mutual aid societies (e.g., A.A., N.A.) through which members support the organizational work of the societies and render help to those still suffering from addiction.
Service Work see Acts of Service
Sharing is the stylized form of communicating “experience, strength and hope” within many recovery mutual aid societies. It is well-described in the Handbook of Secular Recovery. “Sharing” has a very definite meaning in self-help groups...the first person talks, and everybody else listens. Then the next person talks, and everybody listens…and then the next. At no point is anybody’s “share” an answer or other direct response to anyone else’s. Each share stands entirely on its own, complete and sufficient unto itself....The “no response” rule of sharing time protects the speaker from having their statement judged, criticized, ridiculed, or otherwise attacked. This in turn promotes the fullest possible openness and honesty (Handbook of Secular Recovery, 1999, pp. 30-31) (See Crosstalk).