Sustainable Recovery: The Self-Transformative Power of Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous

@article{Lederman2011SustainableRT,
  title={Sustainable Recovery: The Self-Transformative Power of Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous},
  author={Linda Costigan Lederman and Lisa Menegatos},
  journal={Journal of Groups in Addiction \& Recovery},
  year={2011},
  volume={6},
  pages={206 - 227}
}
The present study builds on Robinson's (1979) research on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the United Kingdom and his finding that storytelling was an important part of the recovery process in AA. We surveyed 178 members of AA in the United States and asked them how sharing their story of recovery with other alcoholics helped them stay sober. Thematic data analysis reveals storytelling impacts the storyteller in five primary ways: being reminded of a painful past, reinforcing one's recovery, losing… 
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