Engaging with 12-step and other mutual aid groups during and after treatment: Addressing workers’ negative beliefs and attitudes through training

David Best, Michael Savic, Janette Mugavin, Victoria Manning, Dan I Lubman

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Although attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings is associated with improvements in alcohol consumption and related problems, barriers to engagement persist, including negative perceptions by addiction professionals. The current project examined clinician (N = 64) attitudes to AA and other mutual aid (MA) groups before and after training. Following training, there were increases in knowledge and willingness to refer clients. A follow-up of 38 clinicians identified moderate increases in referrals to MA groups over the following month. Referral to mutual aid groups was predicted by how important clinicians perceived 12-Step groups to be, their satisfaction with the training and support from their agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • 12-Step
  • Mutual aid
  • Recovery
  • Staff training
  • Worker attitudes

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