An analysis of 12-step programs for substance abusers from a developmental perspective

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Betsy Robin Spiegel

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    Abstract

    Twelve-step programs are increasingly recognized as important resources and treatment adjuncts for recovering alcohol and other drug abusers. It is therefore important that social workers and other clinicians understand the therapeutic value of these programs to the recovery process. This paper explores 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous in light of Margaret Mahler's conceptualization of the separation-individuation process that leads to object constancy and healthy object relations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)299-309
    Number of pages11
    JournalClinical Social Work Journal
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1 1996

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    Individuation
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    resources
    Values
    Object Attachment
    Social Workers

    Keywords

    • 12-step programs
    • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Separation-individuation
    • Substance abusers

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    An analysis of 12-step programs for substance abusers from a developmental perspective. / Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg; Spiegel, Betsy Robin.

    In: Clinical Social Work Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, 01.09.1996, p. 299-309.

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    Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg ; Spiegel, Betsy Robin. / An analysis of 12-step programs for substance abusers from a developmental perspective. In: Clinical Social Work Journal. 1996 ; Vol. 24, No. 3. pp. 299-309.
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