Alcoholics Anonymous ( Aa ) Essay

806 Words Jul 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem (Alcoholic Anonymous World Services, 2016). It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem (Alcoholic Anonymous World Services, 2016). AA is not treatment per se but is part of the mutual help groups; which is an alternative or an adjunct to formal addiction treatment (Forcehimes, Miller, & Zweben, 2011). AA is part of the recovery process.
In 2011, an estimated 20.6 million people in the United Stated (8 percent of the population) aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (Katon, Ratzliff, Stephens, & Unutzer, 2016). Of these individuals 6.5 had an alcohol use disorder and 2.5 percent has a substance use disorder involving other drugs, and about 1 percent of individuals had both (Katon et al., 2016). Treatment for substance use disorders is comprised of multiple service components, which include some of the following, individual and group counseling, inpatient and residential treatment, case or care management, and medication, among other services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2016). Although there are multiple service components to treat substance use disorders not all people need to use all services. Some individuals may need more services than…

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