Alcoholics anonymous: Key research findings from 2002-2007

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Helga Byrne

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs represent an affordable and widely accessible community-based resource for the estimated 18 million Americans with alcohol-related disorders. While substantiating information regarding 12-step programs remains challenging due to their autonomous structure and emphasis on anonymity, an ever increasing body of research provides a wealth of data regarding AA's efficacy, mechanisms of change, and viability for various special populations. This review presents key empirical findings from 2002 to 2007 in these areas, as well as proposes recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-367
Number of pages19
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • 12-step program
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Efficacy
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Special populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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