Recent Developments in Alcoholism

Volume 18 of the series Recent Developments in Alcoholism pp 71-89


The Impact of Alcoholics Anonymous on Other Substance Abuse-Related Twelve-Step Programs

  • Alexandre B. LaudetAffiliated withCenter for the Study of Addictions and Recovery, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. Email author 

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This chapter explores the influence of the AA model on self-help fellowships addressing problems of drug dependence. Fellowships that have adapted the twelve-step recovery model to other substances of abuse are reviewed; next similarities and differences between AA and drug-recovery twelve-step organizations are examined; finally, we present empirical findings on patterns of attendance and perceptions of AA and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) among polydrug-dependent populations, many of whom are cross-addicted to alcohol. Future directions in twelve-step research are noted in closing.


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