AA and 12 step alcoholism treatment programs
The author of this report notes that AA self-help groups are the most commonly accessed component of treatment for alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. Additionally, the concepts and approaches of AA have significantly influenced other twelve-step programs in professional treatment.
Research has indicated that participation in AA or other 12-step programs results in reductions in substance abuse and also in psychiatric problems, reducing health care costs over time.
Section headings in this book chapter include:
- nature and prevalence of AA;
- nature and prevalence of 12-step treatment programs;
- evaluations of community-based AA groups;
- evaluation research on 12-step oriented professional treatment programs
- potential future research directions.
Research report; Humphreys, K. Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step alcoholism treatment programs. In: M. Galanter, Ed., Recent Developments in Alcoholism: Volume 16. Research on Alcoholism Treatment, New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003. (pp. 149-164)