Service saves

Peapod points to findings about the therapeutic value of service work:

“During the three months of treatment, 8% of the sample said they had helped other alcoholics through one-on-one support (‘sponsorship’) or by promulgating 12-step principles. Over the following year, 40% of these patients avoided drinking compared to just 22% of the remainder. This finding remained significant even when the number of meetings attended was taken in to account.”

“Sponsorship is one prominent manifestation of active participation, but this also embraces simple acts like making the coffee at meetings or sharing one’s experiences in the group. In a second study derived from a national US cocaine treatment trial, such activities were strongly related to later reductions in cocaine use and problems, while simply attending meetings was not.”

Thanks PeaPod!