12-Step Programs: What is the Evidence?
As a result of participating in this lecture learners should have a working knowledge of the following topics, essential to competency in addiction medicine and identify areas where more study may be needed:
- Provide a general overview of twelve--‐step programs; twelve--‐step facilitation therapies; and other self--‐help groups, explaining why they are organized the way they are and their role in the comprehensive treatment of addiction.
- Give the evidence for or against 12 step programs providing outcomes data
- Describe how the steps are “worked” between a sponsor and sponsee.
- Describe the psychological implications with regard to the recovery process
John Kelly, PhD
Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) and the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at MGH. Dr. Kelly is President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, and is also a Fellow of APA. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-Federal institutions, and foreign governments. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process, which has included specific research on the effectiveness of mutual-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, as adjuncts to formal care.
Dr. Kelly has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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