Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after treatment: a study of its therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action.

  title={Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after treatment: a study of its therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action.},
  author={Jon Morgenstern and Erich W. Labouvie and Barbara S McCrady and Christopher W. Kahler and R M Frey},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  volume={65 5},
Relatively little is known about how substance abuse treatment facilitates positive outcomes. This study examined the therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action of affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) after treatment. Patients (N = 100) in intensive 12-step substance abuse treatment were assessed during treatment and at 1- and 6-month follow-ups. Results indicated that increased affiliation with AA predicted better outcomes. The effects of AA affiliation were mediated by a set of common… 

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