Combined Alcoholics Anonymous and professional care for addicted physicians.
ABSTRACT 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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ABSTRACT: Pathways to Recovery is a peerled, 12-step-based, self-help group with spiritual underpinnings that was developed to meet the needs of clients in a Methadone Treatment Program (MTP) based in a large municipal hospital. Pathways is facilitated by staff, but groups are patient-run. Pathways was adapted for the MTP population from our original Methadone Anonymous format because of the need for increased structure and to ensure the inclusion of women participating in substance abuse treatment that is predominantly male. A sample of 26 Pathways participants and a comparison group of 26 MTP clients who did not attend Pathways completed a battery of questionnaires to assess demographic characteristics, substance use, depression, anxiety, spiritual orientation, and 12-step beliefs. Preliminary findings on gender differences are presented.Journal of Maintenance in the Addictions 10/2005; 2(4).
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ABSTRACT: Objectives : This study was performed to assess the benefits of Alcoholics anonymous program for anxiety and depression of alcoholics. And we investigate Sasang constitution in Alcoholics Anonymous(A.A.) members to study relation between alcoholic and constitution. Methods : 21 members of A.A. groups in korea who agreed to the purpose of this study were selected. We evaluated anxiety by BAl, depression by BDI-II and sasang constitution by QSCCII+. Results : The research result is as follows. 1. Eighteens of 21 A.A. members are men and the rest are women. First alcohol drinking age(mean) is 15. Getting alcohol drunk age(mean) is 20.9. 2. The duration of alcohol drinking before A.A. participation(mean) is 20.2 years. The duration of giving up drinking after A.A. participation(mean) is 26.5 months. 3. A.A. program significantly reduced anxiety of A.A. members from 10.431.37(meanS.E.)(light anxiety) to 6.861.24(normal). 4. A.A. program significantly reduced depression of A.A. members from 4.141.14(meanS.E)(normal) to 2.330.75(normal) in the statistics, but it does not have the meaning clinically. 5. Sasang constitution classification result was Taeum group 10 people(47.6%), Soyang group 9 people(42.9%), Soeum group 2peopleC9.5%), Taeyang group 0 people(0%), Taeum group and Soyang group were relatively more than Soeum group. Conclusions : Participation in the A.A. program reduce anxiety and depression of A.A. members. This research provide data on positive effect of A.A. program and may prove that the self-help program(A.A.) can help to maintain long term sobriety and improve the quality of life of its members.Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry. 01/2009; 20(2).
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ABSTRACT: There has been a lack of studies regarding non-White lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients in substance abuse treatment. In an urban inpatient program with mostly Black and Hispanic clients, 780 heterosexual and 86 LGB respondents completed surveys that compared their treatment experiences on factors including satisfaction, therapeutic alliance with counselors, social affiliation with peers, and connection to the program. Results indicated that LGB participants reported higher levels of therapeutic alliance than heterosexual respondents. No differences were found between their program completion rates. Bisexual participants were less likely to disclose their sexual orientation in treatment than lesbian and gay respondents. A content analysis of the responses to open-ended questions revealed that over 40% of LGB clients reported experiencing at least some difficulties in treatment due to their sexual orientation.Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling 10/2012; 6(4):310-336.