An analysis of 12-step programs for substance abusers from a developmental perspective
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Twelve-step programs are increasingly recognized as important resources and treatment adjuncts for recovering alcohol and other drug abusers. It is therefore important that social workers and other clinicians understand the therapeutic value of these programs to the recovery process. This paper explores 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous in light of Margaret Mahler's conceptualization of the separation-individuation process that leads to object constancy and healthy object relations.
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Clinical Social Work Journal
Volume 24, Issue 3 , pp 299-309
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- 12-step programs
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- substance abusers
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- 1. Post Master's Program in the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abusing Clients, New York University Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, 1 Washington Square North, 10003, New York, New York
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