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HHS HealthBeat (February 5, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

A 10-year study indicates that Alcoholics Anonymous participants who help others in AA are more likely to stay sober long term.  Researchers compared AA meeting attendance, stepwork – or working through the 12-step program, and AA-related helping, to drinking behaviors and consideration of others.  Sharing experiences with other alcoholics was associated with greater recovery outcomes.

Dr. Maria Pagano is at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

“AA-related helping helps the helper stay sober over the long haul and facilitates participation in other core activities like meeting attendance and stepwork.”

The study in the journal Substance Abuse was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: February 5, 2013