Alcoholics Anonymous and Nursing; Lessons in Holism and Spiritual Care.
Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) is a worldwide, 2 million-member organization that has assisted countless alcoholics to achieve sobriety through a spiritual program of recovery from alcoholism.
Based on spiritual principles known as the â€œTwelve Stepsâ€ and â€œTwelve Traditions,â€ AA has provided a model for other recovery programs such as
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA),
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA), and
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA).
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
Recovery in AA appears to involve a process of self-transcendence.
In recent years, nursing scholars have increasingly explored the concepts of self-transcendence and spirituality as they apply to nursing theory and practice.
This article explores the roots and spiritual dimensions of 12-step recovery programs. It further explores the ways in which theoretical and clinical knowledge about the delivery of spiritual care interventions may be gained from an understanding of AAâ€™s spiritual approach to recovery.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Nursing; Lessons in Holism and Spiritual Care. Eileen M. McGee, J Holist Nurs 2000; 18; 11.