An analysis of 12-step programs for substance abusers from a developmental perspective

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Abstract

Twelve-step programs are increasingly recognized as important resources and treatment adjuncts for recovering alcohol and other drug abusers. It is therefore important that social workers and other clinicians understand the therapeutic value of these programs to the recovery process. This paper explores 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous in light of Margaret Mahler's conceptualization of the separation-individuation process that leads to object constancy and healthy object relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-309
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • 12-step programs
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Separation-individuation
  • Substance abusers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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