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Dual Diagnosis Benefits from 12 Step Programs


Individuals With a Dual Diagnosis Can Benefit from 12-Step Programs
Science Daily
September 12, 2013

Studies and testimonials have shown that 12-step mutual-help organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can play an important role in addiction recovery among young adults with substance use disorders (SUDs). However, concerns exist regarding the suitability of 12-step programs for clinical subgroups such as those with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, called dual diagnosis (DD). A study of the influence of a DD or SUD-only diagnostic status on post-treatment attendance, active involvement in, and derived benefits from 12-step programs has found that young adult DD patients and SUD-only patients benefitted similarly from program attendance and involvement.

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