Narcotics Anonymous participation and changes in substance use and social support

Toumbourou, John, Hamilton, Margaret, U'ren, Alison, Stevens-Jones, Pru and Storey, Gordon 2002, Narcotics Anonymous participation and changes in substance use and social support, Journal of substance abuse treatment, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 61-66, doi: 10.1016/S0740-5472(02)00243-X.

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Title Narcotics Anonymous participation and changes in substance use and social support
Author(s) Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John
Hamilton, Margaret
U'ren, Alison
Stevens-Jones, Pru
Storey, Gordon
Journal name Journal of substance abuse treatment
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 61
End page 66
Publisher Elsevier Science Inc.
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0740-5472
Keyword(s) self-help
substance abuse treatment
social support
narcotics anonymous
Summary In Victoria (a southern Australian state) in 1995, Narcotics Anonymous had a small but growing membership providing an opportunity to study the early experience of new self-help members. Ninety-one new members were interviewed and 62 (68%) were reinterviewed after 12 months. Three measures of self-help participation were examined: service role involvement, step work, and stable meeting attendance. Lower prior involvement in treatment services and greater participation in self-help predicted subsequent self-help participation. Higher levels of secondary school education predicted service role involvement and longer periods in stable meeting attendance. Higher self-help participation through the 12 months prior to follow-up was associated with lower levels of hazardous alcohol use and higher emotional support at reinterview. Multivariate regression analysis suggested stable self-help meeting attendance and step work continued to predict reductions in hazardous alcohol use and improvements in social support, after controlling for a range of alternative predictors.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0740-5472(02)00243-X
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Inc
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