Privilege and Confidentiality in 12-Step Self-Help Programs

  title={Privilege and Confidentiality in 12-Step Self-Help Programs},
  author={P. Coleman},
  journal={Journal of Legal Medicine},
  pages={435 - 474}
  • P. Coleman
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Legal Medicine
A wide gap exists between perception and reality on the question of whether an individual can prevent others from revealing statements he or she made while dealing with addiction in a 12-step self-help group. The simple but troubling explanation for this disparity is that, although people are routinely assured whatever they say during meetings will not be repeated, neither state nor federal laws support these promises. As a variety of studies demonstrate the advantages associated with… Expand

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