STAGES OF AFFILIATION WITH ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS [i]
People progress through stages of affiliation with others and with Alcoholics Anonymous in pursuit of solutions to their problems. Two paths are identified; Direct Affiliation and Facilitated Affiliation.
The stages are not necessarily discrete where a person moves in clear progression from one stage to the next. A person is more likely to move up and down, sometimes jumping a stage in regression or progression.
Facilitation plays a significant part in the process of AA affiliation as approximately 60% of AA members seek help from the helping professions prior to attending AA[ii].
These stages are;
- Altruistic affiliation
- Ambivalent affiliation
[i] After, Kurtz, Linda Farris, Self-help and Support Groups: A Handbook for Practitioners. Sage Publications Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA, 1997, P 68.
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