Combined Alcoholics Anonymous and professional care for addicted physicians

Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, NY 10016.
American Journal of Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 12.3). 02/1990; 147(1):64-8.
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The authors studied 100 impaired physicians who were successfully treated in a program that combined professionally directed psychotherapeutic treatment and peer-led self-help. An average of 33.4 months after admission they all reported being abstinent and rated Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as more important to their recovery than professionally directed modalities. Feelings of affiliativeness to AA, which were very high, were strong predictors of the respondents' perceived support for their recovery. These feelings, and an identification with the role of care giver in addiction treatment, appeared to be central to their recovery process.

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