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REVIEW 2000 PDF file 140Kb
Attending AA: encourage but don't coerce
A synthesis of studies which tested Alcoholics Anonymous groups or AA-based residential programmes against formal/no treatment suggests outcomes are similar to other treatments when the drinker chooses these options. Coercion may be counterproductive.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 165Kb
Brief 12-step therapy can work for children too
The limitations of US health insurance permitted this rare quasi-random test of whether 12-step treatment is effective for adolescents dependent mainly on cannabis or alcohol and of whether doing this in a residential setting improves outcomes.
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