The largest single sector of the mental health system in the USA is the self-help movement. 40% of visits are to self-help, 35% for formal mental health, 8% for general medicine, 17% for human service sector. In the 1997 report there was estimated to be 10,000,000 current members of self-help groups in the United States. …∞
High effectiveness of self-help programs after drug addiction therapy in Norway BACKGROUND: The self-help groups Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are very well established. AA and NA use a 12-step program and are found in all communities around the world. Although many have argued that these organizations are valuable, substantial scepticism remains as …∞
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Rays of hope from Recovery Summit Martin Nicolaus has written a great post on professionals finally trying to define recovery. A Recovery Summit under the auspices of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened and its report has now been released. These principles of recovery can be applied to 12 Step …∞
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12 Step Programs Offer Broad Benefits, Study Says A study of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step oriented self-help programs finds that they can help most people recover from alcoholism, even those who are not religious or have mental-health problems. The Pacific Institute on Research and Education (PIRE) reported that researchers tracked a group of 227 …∞
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When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear …∞
I craved freedom. First, freedom to drink; later, freedom from drink. The Alcoholics Anonymous program of recovery rests on a foundation of free choice and self-help. There are no mandates, laws or commandments. A.A.’s spiritual program, as outlined in the Twelve Steps, and by which I am offered even greater freedoms, is only suggested. I …∞
The Ego, Super-Ego and the Id – A Balancing Act Anyone seriously interested in self-improvement needs at least a rudimentary understanding of the trilogy composed of the Id, the Ego and the Super-ego. These are not specific part of the brain. They are simply constructs designed to better study and understand how the psyche functions. …∞
Alcoholics Who Help Other Alcoholics Help Themselves Too Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the largest self-help, mutual-help organization for alcoholics in the world with over 2 million members. Almost any village, town, city or community has at least one AA meeting. On every night and often day of the week one can easily find an AA …∞
Does Treatment and Self-help Work? Alcoholism can be treated similarly to other chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma in adults. There are a variety of treatment options, depending on the individual’s particular situation and needs. Clinical studies have repeatedly found that treatment substantially reduces drinking among alcoholics. Many alcoholics, like individuals with other …∞
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