Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery: The Twelve-Step Program…

Hardcover | October 27, 2008

EditorMarc Galanter, Lee Anne Kaskutas

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It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no "real" value in recovery from addiction. More recently, evidence-based medicine is recognizing a spiritual component in healing-especially when it comes to addiction. The newest edition of Recent Developments in Alcoholism reflects this change by focusing on the 12-step model of recovery as well as mindfulness meditation and other spiritually oriented activity. More than thirty contributors bring together historical background, research findings, and clinical wisdom to analyze the compatibility of professional treatment and nonprofessional support, day-to-day concepts of relapse prevention, the value of community building in recovery, and much more.Among the topics covered: (1) How and why 12-step groups work. (2) The impact of the spiritual on mainstream treatment. (3) The impact of AA on other nonprofessional recovery programs. (4) AA outcomes for special populations. (5) Facilitating involvement in 12-step programs. (6) Methods for measuring religiousness and spirituality in alcohol research.Whether one is referring clients to 12-step programs or seeking to better understand the process, this is a unique resource for clinicians and social workers. Developmental psychologists, too, will find Volume 18-Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery a worthy successor to the series.

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It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no "real" value in recovery from addiction. More recently, evidence-based medicine is recognizing a spiritual component in healing-especially when it comes to addiction. The newest edition of Recent Developments in Alcoholism reflects this change b...

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Recent Developments in AlcoholismVolume 18: Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction RecoveryEdited by Marc Galanter, NYU School of Medicine, and Lee Kaskutas, UC Berkely School of Public Health It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no "real" value in recovery fro...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:476 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0 inPublished:October 27, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter.- Introduction.- The 12 step recovery model of AA: a voluntary mutual help association.- Twelve defining moments in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous.- The impact of AA on professional treatment.- The impact of AA on other substance abuse related 12 step recovery programs.- The impact of AA on non-professional substance abuse recovery programs and sober living houses.- Introduction.- The concept of spirituality in relation to addiction recovery and general psychiatry.- Kickbacks from helping others: Health and recovery.- Issues in measuring spirituality and religiousness in alcohol research.- Spirituality and health: Empirically-based reflections on recovery.- Spiritual change in recovery.- Mindfulness and addiction.- Introduction.- Epidemiology of Alcoholics Anonymous participation.- Models, scales, and theory to inform referrals to 12 step programs.

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From the reviews:"This volume in the Recent Developments in Alcoholism series is a unique and comprehensive review of 12-step programs/Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and spirituality, how they intersect, and how they aid in the treatment of addiction. . All healthcare providers, researchers, and students involved in the treatment of patients with alcoholism and addictions are the intended audience. It will also be useful for anyone interested in spirituality as a model for helping chronic illnesses. . This is a valuable reference for anyone in this field . ." (Michael Easton, Doody's Review Service, June, 2009)