12-Step Programs

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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12-Step Programs: Selected full-text books and articles

Clinical Work with Substance-Abusing Clients By Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner Guilford Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "12-Step Programs as a Treatment Modality"
The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction By Robert L. Dupont American Psychiatric Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Twelve-Step Programs: A Modern Miracle"
The Role of Mutual-Help Groups in Extending the Framework of Treatment By Kelly, John F.; Yeterian, Julie D Alcohol Research, Vol. 33, No. 4, Winter 2011
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Alcoholics Anonymous Discourse and Members' Resistance in a Virtual Community: Exploring Tensions between Theory and Practice By Kitchin, Heather A Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 2002
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The Paradox of Powerlessness: Gender, Sex, and Power in 12-Step Groups By Herndon, Sandra L Women and Language, Vol. 24, No. 2, Fall 2001
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Is Alcoholics Anonymous Effective? By Sharma, Manoj; Branscum, Paul Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education, Vol. 54, No. 3, December 2010
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Twelve-Step Recovery and Community Service By Kurtz, Linda Farris; Fisher, Michael Health and Social Work, Vol. 28, No. 2, May 2003
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Cultural Politics and Social Movements By Marcy Darnovsky; Barbara Epstein; Richard Flacks Temple University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Twelve-Step Movement and Advanced Capitalist Culture: The Politics of Self-Control in Postmodernity"
Gender Aspects of Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after Treatment By Bodin, Maria Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2006
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