Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), worldwide organization dedicated to the treatment of alcoholics; founded 1935 by two alcoholics, one a New York broker, the other an Ohio physician. They developed a 12-step program that has made coping with alcoholism possible for countless people. It includes psychological principles that have long been used in the reorganization of personality. The organization functions through local groups that have no constitutions, officers, or dues. Anyone with a drinking problem may become a member. There are presently over 99,000 local groups in the United States; worldwide membership is approximately 2 million. Other groups patterned on AA include Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Gamblers Anonymous.

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Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous: A Rhetorical Analysis
George H. Jensen.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Is Alcoholics Anonymous Effective?
Sharma, Manoj; Branscum, Paul.
Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education, Vol. 54, No. 3, December 2010
Alcoholics Anonymous Discourse and Members' Resistance in a Virtual Community: Exploring Tensions between Theory and Practice
Kitchin, Heather A.
Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 2002
Alcoholic Thinking: Language, Culture, and Belief in Alcoholics Anonymous
Danny M. Wilcox.
Praeger, 1998
Gender Aspects of Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after Treatment
Bodin, Maria.
Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2006
Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War II America
Lori Rotskoff.
University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Alcoholics Anonymous and the Culture of Sobriety"
Making Meaning of Alcoholics Anonymous for Social Workers: Myths, Metaphors, and Realities
Davis, Diane Rae; Jansen, Golie G.
Social Work, Vol. 43, No. 2, March 1998
Using Mutual-Help Groups to Address Alcohol Problems: Research Is Beginning to Show That Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Increases the Odds of Recovery and Improves Mood and Well-Being
Kelly, John F.; Yeterian, Julie D.
The Journal of Employee Assistance, Vol. 40, No. 3, July 2010
A Struggle Inside AA; Recovering Alcoholics Say a Washington, D.C., Group Has Hijacked the 12-Step Program's Name
Summers, Nick.
Newsweek, May 7, 2007
Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion
Marc Galanter.
Oxford University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Charismatic Healing Groups: The AA Example"
The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client
Jan Parker; Diana L. Guest.
Auburn House, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Alcoholics Anonymous" begins on p. 42 and Appendix D "The 12 Steps"
Becoming Alcoholic: Alcoholics Anonymous and the Reality of Alcoholism
David R. Rudy.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
Substance Abuse on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Personnel
P. Clayton Rivers; Elsie R. Shore.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "The Role of Self-Help Groups in College Students' Recovery from Substance Abuse and Related Problems"
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