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Beyond AA: Special Issue on Emerging Mutual-Support Groups for Addiction

28 September 2012 Taylor & Francis

Beyond AA: New Research on Addiction Mutual-Support Groups

Mutual-help groups for addiction have proliferated, diversified, and adapted to emerging substance-related trends over the past 75 years. A new special, triple issue of the Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery – Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends – reviews the history of mutual-support groups for addiction that have arisen as adjuncts or alternatives to Twelve Step Programs.

Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, with Guest Editors William L. White, MA, and John F. Kelly, PhD, bring together research on new recovery groups arising in the form of institutions, ministries, community centers, special interest clubs, arts organizations, family groups, and more. Articles examine both secular groups, such as Secular Organization for Sobriety, Smart Recovery, and Women for Sobriety, and faith-based groups like Celebrate Recovery. Contributions come from leading researchers and practitioners in the field, including Walter Ginter, winner of the 2012 Vernon Johnson Award, presented by Faces & Voices of Recovery.

“All of these mutual support groups, having been developed more recently than Alcoholics Anonymous, have not been studied as systematically; this special issue offers the potential to stimulate research on these groups, which would likely benefit from the experience, strength, and hope of the foundation that has been created by research Twelve Step Programs,” the Editors state. “Collectively, these trends reflect the cultural and political awakening of people in recovery, and growing recognition and celebration of multiple pathways of long-term addiction recovery.”

Routledge is currently offering free online access to a selection of articles from the special issue, Volume 7, Issue 2-4, 2012. For access to free articles, abstracts, and tables of contents, go to


FREE ACCESS The Promise of Mutual Support, Jeffrey Roth

FREE ACCESS Broadening the Base of Mutual Help Organizations, John Kelly and William White SMART Recovery: Self-Empowering, Science-Based Recovery Support, Tom Horvath and Julie Yeterian

FREE ACCESS Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery, Martin Nicolaus

FREE ACCESS Moderation Management: A Mutual Help Organization for Problem Drinkers Who Are Not Alcohol Dependent, Anna Lembke and Keith Humpheys

Women for Sobriety: Adaptations over Time – Over 35 Years of Challenges, Changes, and Continuity, Rebecca Fenner and Mary Gifford

Ethnic-Specific Support Systems as a Method for Sustaining Long-Term Addiction Recovery, Arthur Evans, Ijeoma Achara-Abrahams, Roland Lamb, and William White

Methadone Anonymous and Mutual Support for Medication-Assisted Recovery, Walter Ginter and Joyce Woods

Mutual Help Groups for People with Co-Occurring Disorders, Joan Zweben and Sarah Ashbrook

Giving Back and Getting Something Back: The Role of Mutual Aid Groups for Individuals in Recovery from Incarceration, Addiction, and Mental Illness, Chyrell Bellamy, Michael Rowe, Patricia Benedict, and Larry Davidson

Use of Mutual Support to Counteract the Effects of Socially Constructed Stigma: Gender and Drug Addiction, Jolene Sanders

Youth Participation in Mutual Support Groups: History, Current Knowledge, and Areas for Future Research, Lora Passetti, Susan Godley, and Mark Godley

Al-Anon Family Groups: Origins, Conceptual Basis, Outcomes, and Research Opportunities, Christine Timko, Brendan Young, and Rudolf Moos

FREE ACCESS New Addiction Recovery Support Institutions: Mobilizing Support beyond Professional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Mutual Aid, William White, John Kelly, and Jeffrey Roth

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