Recent Developments in Alcoholism

Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

  • Lee Anne Kaskutas
  • Marc Galanter

Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Twelve-Step Program

  3. Spiritually Oriented Recovery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sarah E. Zemore
      Pages 111-123
    3. Sarah E. Zemore, Maria E. Pagano
      Pages 141-166
    4. Thomas Johnson, Elizabeth A.R. Robinson
      Pages 167-186
    5. Michelle J. Pearce, Clark M. Rivinoja, Harold G. Koenig
      Pages 187-208
    6. Gerard J. Connors, Kimberly S. Walitzer, J. Scott Tonigan
      Pages 209-227
    7. Sharon H. Hsu, Joel Grow, G. Alan Marlatt
      Pages 229-250
  4. Twelve-Step Membership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lee Ann Kaskutas
      Pages 253-259
    3. Lee Ann Kaskutas, Yu Ye, Thomas K. Greenfield, Jane Witbrodt, Jason Bond
      Pages 261-282
    4. Dennis M. Donovan, Anthony S. Floyd
      Pages 303-320
    5. John F. Kelly, Barbara S. McCrady
      Pages 321-346
  5. Effectiveness and Outcome Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Scott Tonigan
      Pages 349-355
    3. J. Scott Tonigan
      Pages 357-371
    4. Christine Timko
      Pages 373-392
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 435-450

About this book


Recent Developments in Alcoholism

Volume 18: Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

Edited by Marc Galanter, NYU School of Medicine, and Lee Kaskutas, UC Berkely School of Public Health 

It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no "real" value in recovery from addiction. More recently, evidence-based medicine is recognizing a spiritual component in healing—especially when it comes to addiction. The newest edition of Recent Developments in Alcoholism reflects this change by focusing on the 12-step model of recovery as well as mindfulness meditation and other spiritually oriented activity. More than thirty contributors bring together historical background, research findings, and clinical wisdom to analyze the compatibility of professional treatment and nonprofessional support, day-to-day concepts of relapse prevention, the value of community building in recovery, and much more.

Among the topics covered:

  • How and why 12-step groups work.
  • The impact of the spiritual on mainstream treatment.
  • The impact of AA on other nonprofessional recovery programs.
  • AA outcomes for special populations.
  • Facilitating involvement in 12-step programs.
  • Methods for measuring religiousness and spirituality in alcohol research.

Whether one is referring clients to 12-step programs or seeking to better understand the process, this is a unique resource for clinicians and social workers. Developmental psychologists, too, will find Volume 18—Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery a worthy successor to the series.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lee Anne Kaskutas
  • Marc Galanter

There are no affiliations available

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-77724-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-77725-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0738-422X
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