Title

“I’m not an alcoholic anymore”: Getting and staying sober without meetings

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Source

Addiction Research and Theory

DOI

doi:10.3109/16066359.2014.929117

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This project studies desistance from substance abuse and 12-step meetings. In the early 1990s, The New Orleans Homeless Substance Abusers Project (NOHSAP) was created to uncover treatment strategies for homeless substance abusers. The program ran for 3 years with 670 homeless New Orleans individuals going through treatment. This project involved finding these individuals and re-interviewing them (19 years later). The methodology for this study consists of follow-up interviews with 32 individuals in a variety of settings including at their homes and in prisons. Individuals interviewed tended to be sober, but disaffiliated with 12-step meetings.

Keywords

Affiliation, alcoholics anonymous, attendance, desistance, recovery, treatment

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration