Recovery: With and without self-help

Theodore M. Godlaski, Carl Leukefeld, Richard Cloud

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Although self-help/mutual-help groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, are important factors in the recovery of many chemically dependent individuals, the large dropout rates from such groups and the awareness that many who drop out do not return to dependent behavior raises interesting questions about other paths to sustained abstinence and recovery. Current emphasis on treatment outcome studies provides a means for researching factors in both those who recover with and without the assistance of self-help/mutual-help groups. The authors suggest some questions which might be investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-627
Number of pages7
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997


  • Alcohol
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Drugs
  • Mutual-help
  • Naturistic recovery
  • Outcome
  • Recovery
  • Research
  • Self-help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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