About A.A. and N.A.
By David Joel Miller.
Questions about 12 step meetings?
There have been a lot of counselorssoapbox.com posts about 12 step meetings, A.A. in particular.
As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I work with a lot of people who have substance use issues and mental health issues. We refer to people with both problems as having a “Dual Diagnosis” or more recently as having “Co-occurring disorders.”
People with substance use problems are encouraged to attend 12 step meetings. I wish there were more meeting and support groups for people with mental health issues and dual diagnoses issues.
Mostly people with multiple problems end up attending 12 step groups. To try to help them feel more comfortable, I have written a number of posts about what they should expect at a meeting. To make these posts easier to find I decided that I should list them all in one place.
Here then are the posts about 12 step groups. If I missed any feel free to remind me and if you have other questions about how A.A. or other 12 step groups work feel free to contact me.
The posts I write about A.A. are from my perspective as a therapist and clinical counselor and do not necessarily reflect the views of A.A. World Services. For more on A.A. and their program of recovery checkout the “A.A. Big Book” titled Alcoholics Anonymous at the links below or contact A.A. World Services at their website.
The classic text on Alcoholism, recovery this is the book that started off the whole 12 step phenomenon.
One of the kindle editions – At 99 cents this is such a bargain. This edition needed a separate listing. No kindle reader? No Problem, if you have a computer you can down load a free Kindle reader.
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