What can increase the likelihood of success of AA for the treatment of alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Patients do not need a strong religious background to be successful in AA; they only need the belief in a power higher than themselves. Urge patients to use aspects of the program that can help them stay sober and ignore aspects that are not helpful.

Patients who have tried AA may have had a bad past experience. Patients should try at least 5-10 different meetings before giving up on the AA approach because each meeting is different. For example, women often do better at meetings for women only because the issues for female patients with alcoholism are different from the issues for male patients with alcoholism. A meeting in the suburbs might not be appropriate for someone from the inner city and vice versa.


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