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Substance abuse treatment: An overview of 12-Step efficacy
by Gamble, James, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 40; 1527931
Abstract (Summary)

Substance abuse in the United States continues to be a serious topic of concern. However, the efficacy of various substance abuse treatment methods remains inconclusive. As the current literature review has returned no comprehensive recommendations for all types of substance abuse, further empirical studies are merited. The aim of the present study is to investigate the long-term effects of 12-Step group therapy on abstinence rates of heroin addicts. Data from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research 2258 was analyzed to gain insight into the predictive relationship between 12-Step attendance and abstinence rates; the implication is that future meta-analytic studies may help indicate the most appropriate treatments for specific substance abuse disorders. The hypothesis that 12-Step attendance is a predictive factor for abstinence in this population was supported. Practical implications and future directions were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Lawrence, Henry
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: 12-step, Alcoholics anonymous, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Drug treatment, Inter-university consortium, Political and social research, Substance abuse
Publication Number: 1527931
ISBN: 978-1-303-98455-6
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