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(p. 133) Mutual Support Programs and Recovery Clubs 

(p. 133) Mutual Support Programs and Recovery Clubs
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(p. 133) Mutual Support Programs and Recovery Clubs
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Dennis C. Daley

, and Antoine Douaihy

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190926717.003.0015
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date: 06 July 2020

There are many paths to recovery, and mutual support programs (MSPs) are one of the most common paths taken. MSPs offer a community of recovery in which individuals with substance abuse disorders (SUDs) help and support each other in numerous ways. The most widely available MSPs are the 12-step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA), and Heroin Anonymous (HA). AA and NA are available throughout the world, whereas the other 12-step programs are less accessible. Although some clients participate throughout their lives in MSPs, others use them for only a specific period of time. Clients vary in their needs for involvement in MSPs. The objectives of this chapter are to provide clients with information about mutual support programs and recovery clubs, to help clients identify drawbacks and benefits of attending MSPs and recovery clubs, and to help clients identify specific MSPs that can enhance their recovery.

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