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AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is an international fellowship group of both current and recovered alcoholics who provide mutual support to each other in order to achieve and maintain sobriety. Founded in 1935, the group follows a set of principles known as the Twelve Steps, which have a distinct spiritual essence but are relatively nondenominational, and the Twelve Traditions, which outline both the internal functions of AA groups and how they should interact with society as a whole. Members of AA are encouraged to acknowledge that they are powerless over alcohol and to seek help from a “higher power” of their own understanding.

AA, Other 12-Step Programs More Effective Than Talk Therapies

Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12-step programs can lead to higher rates of continuous abstinence than other addiction treatment approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, a large new study suggests.

New Review Finds Alcoholics Anonymous Is Effective, But Not for Everyone

Alcoholics Anonymous may be just as good or better than scientifically proven treatments to help people quit drinking, according to a new review. But AA still doesn't work for everyone.

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Most Effective Treatment for Addiction, Researchers Say

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the worldwide fellowship of sobriety seekers, is the most effective path to abstinence.

Unable to Meet in Person, Some A.A. Members ‘Thank Zoom for Their Very Survival.’

Their meetings used to take place discreetly in the basements of churches, a spare room at the Y.M.C.A., the back of a cafe. But when the pandemic hit last spring, members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups of recovering substance abusers found those doors quickly shut.

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Alcoholism in the Time of COVID: "This Too Shall Pass, I Can Only Hope It Passes Soon"

December 5, 2020 marks my eighth year of sobriety and I thought that, by this time, strong urges to drink would be in my past. And, by and large, they have been. As the years went on, I found myself thinking about it less and less. Then the pandemic came along.

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