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NCJ Number: NCJ 241262     Find in a Library
Title: Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous: The Role of Spiritual Orientation and AA Member Affiliation
Journal: Journal of Addictive Diseases  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:April - June 2012  Pages:173 to 182
Author(s): Marc Galanter, M.D. ; Helen Dermatis, Ph.D. ; Courtney Santucci, B.A.
Date Published: 04/2012
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: John Templeton Foundation
United States of America
Document: HTML 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined youth Alcholics Anonymous (AA) members prior substance use, treatment experience and duration of abstinence.
Abstract: Empirical findings characterizing long-term, committed Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members are limited, particularly among younger members. The authors studied a sample of 266 highly committed attendees (mean age, 27 years) at an annual conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (YPAA), whose first encounter with AA was 6 years previously. Most (72 percent) had abused drugs and alcohol, and 36 percent had never received substance abuse treatment. They now reported a mean duration of abstinence of 44 months and had attended an average of 233 AA meetings in the previous year; 66 percent had served as AA sponsors, and 92 percent reported experiencing an AA “spiritual awakening,” itself associated with a decreased likelihood of alcohol craving. Scores on AA beliefs, affiliation to other members, and the experience of spiritual awakening were associated with lower depression scores. These findings are discussed to clarify the nature of long-term AA membership. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Alcoholics Anonymous ; Drug treatment programs ; Religion ; Alcoholism treatment programs
   
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