Introduction: The Twelve-Step Program Model of AA

  • Thomasina Borkman
Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 18)

Research on alcoholism treatment tends to operate from a conceptual prism of the professional treatment perspective which has become the gold standard of alcoholism treatment research, its terminology overwhelming other approaches. Senator Hughes, an anonymous AA member who in the early 1970s spearheaded the drive to form The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, would be surprised that the professional research on alcoholism treatment has become such a hegemonic perspective that alternative frameworks are usually invisible. The objectives of this section, illuminating those alternative frameworks, are (1) to present the history and describe the twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous as a lay and non-professional spiritually based self-help/mutual aid organization and (2) to describe the impact of AA on professional treatment programs, non-professional “social model recovery programs,” and other twelve-step addiction self-help/mutual aid groups.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thomasina Borkman · Professor of Sociology, EmeritaGeorge Mason UniversityUSA

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