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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

Where do 12-step or self-help programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

Self-help groups can complement and extend the effects of professional treatment. The most prominent self-help groups are those affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Cocaine Anonymous (CA), all of which are based on the 12-step model. Most drug addiction treatment programs encourage patients to participate in self-help group therapy during and after formal treatment. These groups can be particularly helpful during recovery, offering an added layer of community-level social support to help people achieve and maintain abstinence and other healthy lifestyle behaviors over the course of a lifetime.

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Where do 12-step or self-help programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2012). Where do 12-step or self-help programs fit into drug addiction treatment?. In Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment/frequently-asked-questions/where-do-12-step-or-self-help-programs-fit-drug-a

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