Lyndsay N Ammon

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This article summarizes the proceedings of a symposium presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Santa Barbara, California, June 25-30. The overall goal of the symposium was to consider the broad impact of the social environment on the development of and successful or unsuccessful resolution of drinking problems. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Married individuals have lower rates of problem drinking, but little is known about this relationship in the context of other factors. This longitudinal analysis examines marital status with other individual predisposing, problem severity and social predisposing characteristics to understand its strength in predicting alcohol consumption over 5(More)
Consecutive intakes (N = 419) between ages 13 and 18 years to chemical dependency (CD) programs in a large private health plan were interviewed. The prevalence of six HIV risk behaviors was measured and categorized into zero, one, and multiple risk groups. The relationships between both demographic characteristics and substance use with HIV risk behaviors(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine how community service contacts and informal support are related to the course of drinking for dependent and problem-drinking persons in a population-based sample of women versus men over 7 years. METHOD Alcohol-dependent (n = 600) and problem-drinking (n = 992) men and women were identified through(More)
BACKGROUND Helping others is evident in the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous, and is emphasized in formal treatment. However, helping among recovering alcoholics has not been studied, in part because of a lack of helping measures. METHODS This study developed a Brief Helper Therapy Scale to capture helping among individuals with varying lengths of(More)
BACKGROUND Most formal treatment programs recommend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) attendance during treatment and as a form of aftercare, but we know very little about treatment seekers' patterns of AA involvement over time and how these relate to abstinence. METHOD This paper applies latent class growth curve modeling to longitudinal data from 349 dependent(More)
AIMS The helper therapy principle suggests that, within mutual-help groups, those who help others help themselves. The current study examines whether clients in treatment for alcohol and drug problems benefit from helping others, and how helping relates to 12-step involvement. DESIGN Longitudinal treatment outcome. PARTICIPANTS An ethnically diverse(More)
OBJECTIVE To address unanticipated results from randomized trials, researchers often focus on client-level data about services received during treatment. Program-level observations can also be helpful, especially in understanding treatment delivered in groups. Using both approaches, this article strives to better understand inconsistent results from a trial(More)
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