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(p. 105) Mutual Support Programs and Recovery Clubs 

(p. 105) Mutual Support Programs and Recovery Clubs
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(p. 105) Mutual Support Programs and Recovery Clubs
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Dennis C. Daley

, and Antoine Douaihy

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190926670.003.0014
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date: 23 July 2021

Numerous mutual support programs exist to help clients cope with substance use problem. The most common of these programs are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other 12-step programs. All mutual support programs involve people with alcohol or drug problems helping each other. Some people maintain lifelong involvement in mutual support programs, and others use them for a limited period of time. Although programs vary in philosophies and approaches, most involve fellowship, recovery meetings, program steps or guidelines, recovery literature, social events, and internet resources. Some areas have recovery clubs or clubhouses for people in recovery. These provide an alcohol- and drug-free environment in which one can attend recovery meetings or other social events. The goals of this chapter are to learn about the different types of mutual support programs available and to determine which type of program may work for the client.

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