Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual-Help Organizations

  title={Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual-Help Organizations},
  author={John F. Kelly and William L. White},
  journal={Journal of Groups in Addiction \& Recovery},
  pages={101 - 82}
  • J. Kelly, W. White
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery
Peer-led mutual-help organizations addressing substance use disorder (SUD) and related problems have had a long history in the United States. The modern epoch of addiction mutual help began in the postprohibition era of the 1930s with the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Growing from 2 members to 2 million members, AA's reach and influence has drawn much public health attention as well as increasingly rigorous scientific investigation into its benefits and mechanisms. In turn, AA's growth… 
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