What is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

Category: Psychotherapy

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See also: Substance Abuse Treatment

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Alcohol use disorder 89 40
Drug use disorder 23 3
Alcohol abuse 2 1
Craving alcohol 2 2
Drug abuse 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 5
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Side effect Patients
Cognitive confusion 1
Depressed mood 1
Guilt or self blame 1
Happiness 1
No meetings 1
Pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 2
daily 2
2 other weekly 1
3 hr weekly 1
3 other weekly 1
4 hr weekly 1
1 hr daily 1
1 other daily 1
120 min weekly 1
180 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 11
Did not seem to work 9
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 4
Felt finished with this treatment 2
Found another therapist or program I preferred 2
Personal research 2
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 26 patients who've stopped going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Duration

Currently going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 6

Stopped going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 23
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 23
Not specified 15
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4 patient evaluations for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Oct 22, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for alcohol use disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 28, 2010 (Started Mar 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for alcohol use disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: Best decision I ever made - it saved my life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 20, 2010 (Started Feb 15, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for alcohol use disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for addiction)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: periods of sanity, no meetings

Feb 15, 2010 (Started Feb 15, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for alcohol use disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for addiction)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (no meetings, periods of sanity)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: periods of sanity, no meetings

  • 0 helpful marks
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