Early mutual aid involvement improves outcomes

DJ Mac provides an outstanding summary of a recently published study on the pre-treatment and early treatment behavior of outpatient addiction treatment patients and their outcomes. He starts with this finding: The folk who tested negative for drugs early on didn’t seem to have worse drug problems, but they did have better mental and physical … Continue reading Early mutual aid involvement improves outcomes

12-step involvement and continuous abstinence at 2 years

More support for twelve step facilitation and sober housing: Participants who were categorically involved in 12-step activities were significantly more likely to maintain continuous abstinence at 2 years compared with those who were less involved, predicting a greater likelihood of complete abstinence than summary scores of involvement. In addition, participants in the Oxford House condition … Continue reading 12-step involvement and continuous abstinence at 2 years

12 Step attendance and adolescent treatment outcomes

From the journal Addiction: Aims  Twelve-Step affiliation among adolescents is little understood. We examined 12-Step affiliation and its association with substance use outcomes 3 years post-treatment intake among adolescents seeking chemical dependency (CD) treatment in a private, managed-care health plan. We also examined the effects of social support and religious service attendance on the relationship. … Continue reading 12 Step attendance and adolescent treatment outcomes

Mutual aid works, whether it’s 12 step, Lifering, SMART or WFS

The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment just published a study examining outcomes for 12 step groups and Lifering, Women for Sobriety (WFS), and SMART Recovery. The researchers described their findings this way: The present study contributes the first longitudinal, comparative data on 12-step groups and the largest secular, abstinence-based alternatives available in the U.S.: WFS, … Continue reading Mutual aid works, whether it’s 12 step, Lifering, SMART or WFS

The evidence-base for 12 step recovery

There’s a fresh round of attacks on AA as pseudo-science in need of sober debunking. All based on one book that is getting impressive publicity. The book may contain references to support its attacks, but the interviews and articles do not. The absolute language (“everyone” and “never”) hint that this may not be the objective analysis it’s reported … Continue reading The evidence-base for 12 step recovery

Spiritual awakening predicts improved recovery outcomes

An interesting study from a friend of ours: Abstract PURPOSE: This study examined concurrent and longitudinal associations between two dimensions of affiliation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)-attendance and spiritual awakening-and drinking outcomes among adult patients who were in treatment for alcohol dependence in Warsaw, Poland. In a study conducted at four addiction treatment centers, male and female … Continue reading Spiritual awakening predicts improved recovery outcomes

Mental Illness not a barrier to 12 step benefits

  A recently published study replicates findings that addicts with co-occurring mental illness benefit from twelve step facilitation:   Background Evidence indicates that 12-step mutual-help organizations (MHOs), such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), can play an important role in extending and potentiating the recovery benefits of professionally delivered addiction treatment among young adults with … Continue reading Mental Illness not a barrier to 12 step benefits

Youth Recovery Contexts

Another study brings good news about adolescents and 12 step recovery: Results The proportion attending 12-step meetings was relatively low across follow-up (24 to 29%), but more frequent attendance was independently associated with greater abstinence in concurrent and, to a lesser extent, lagged models. An 8-item composite measure of 12-step involvement did not enhance outcomes … Continue reading Youth Recovery Contexts