Effectiveness of Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier
Most treatment programs recommend clients attend 12-step groups, but many drop out posttreatment.
The effectiveness of Making Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] Easier (MAAEZ ), a manual-guided intervention designed to help clients connect with individuals encountered in AA, was tested using an “OFF/ON” design (n = 508). MAAEZ effectiveness was determined by comparing abstinence rates of participants recruited during ON and OFF conditions and by studying the effect of the number of MAAEZ sessions attended.
- At 12 months, more clients in the ON condition (vs. OFF) reported past 30-day
- abstinence from alcohol (p = .012),
- drugs (p = .009), and
- both alcohol and drugs (p = .045).
In multivariate analyses, ON condition participants had significantly increased odds of abstinence from
- alcohol (odds ratio [OR] = 1.85) and from
- drugs (OR = 2.21);
- abstinence odds also increased significantly for each additional MAAEZ session received.
MAAEZ appeared especially effective for those with
- more prior AA exposure,
- severe psychiatric problems, and
MAAEZ represents an evidence-based intervention that is easily implemented in existing treatment programs.
Kaskutas LA, Subbaraman MS, Witbrodt J, Zemore SE. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2009 Oct;37(3):228-39. Epub 2009 Apr 1. Effectiveness of Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier: a group format 12-step facilitation approach.