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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2018) Can 12-step mutual aid bridge recovery resources deficit? London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings Hot Topic (April - June 2018) 7 p.

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The profile of abstinence-based recovery has been heightened in recent UK national strategies (1 2 3), with renewed attention falling on one of the best-known and most widely implemented programmes for achieving this goal – 12-step ‘anonymous’ mutual aid fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). This hot topic keys into what qualities have preserved 12-step as the dominant model, despite its reliance on a ‘higher power’ and abstinence clearly not suited to everyone, what conclusions can be drawn about its effectiveness given the tensions inherent when ‘faith meets science’, and the extent to which confidence in the 12 steps comes from “consistency with established mechanisms of behavior change” as opposed to some of its more distinct components.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol, Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:April 2018
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Number:April - June 2018
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Group therapy
HJ Treatment method > Spirituality and religion in treatment
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations

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