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

  • Alexandre B. Laudet
Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 18)


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.


twelve steps self-help mutual aid recovery addiction 



The preparation of this chapter was supported by NIDA Grants R01DA14409 and R01DA015133.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Addictions and RecoveryNational Development and Research Institutes, Inc.New York CityUSA

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