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Women For Sobriety

  • By: Randolph G. Atkins
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Women For Sobriety, Inc. (WFS) is an organization of mutual-aid recovery support groups exclusively for women having problems with alcohol. It is a nonprofit, anonymous, self-supporting organization that endorses the disease model of alcoholism, and recommends total abstinence in recovery. WFS maintains that women have special problems that need to be addressed in a gender-specific way. It focuses on empowering women through positive self-thought to build emotional strength and promote emotional growth. This growth leads to a new focus on spiritual development.

WFS believes that drinking begins as a way to deal with stressors, which leads to physical dependence and mental and emotional addiction. This can only be overcome by abstinence. WFS members’ develop self-knowledge and use behavior modification to promote an addiction-free way of ...

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