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Does joining a support group help with alcohol use disorder?

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Group therapy or a support group for alcohol use disorder can help you stay on track as life gets back to normal.

Group therapy, led by a therapist, can give you the benefits of therapy along with the support of other members.

Support groups aren’t led by therapists. These are groups of people who have alcohol use disorder. Examples include Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and other programs. These people can offer understanding and advice and help keep you accountable. Many people stay in groups for years.

SOURCES:


National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5,” “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help,” “Alcohol Use Disorder.”

National Institutes of Health : “Biology of Addiction.” NIH News in Health

Alcohol Rehab Guide: “Treating Alcoholism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol Use Disorder,” “Support Groups: Make Connections, Get Help.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Alcohol use -- when is drinking a problem? (Beyond the Basics).”

Harvard Health Publications: “Alcohol Withdrawal.”

Recovery.org: “Aftercare Programs for People in Addiction Recovery.”

American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: Understanding Group Therapy.”

Medscape: “Alcoholism Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 05, 2017

SOURCES:


National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5,” “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help,” “Alcohol Use Disorder.”

National Institutes of Health : “Biology of Addiction.” NIH News in Health

Alcohol Rehab Guide: “Treating Alcoholism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol Use Disorder,” “Support Groups: Make Connections, Get Help.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Alcohol use -- when is drinking a problem? (Beyond the Basics).”

Harvard Health Publications: “Alcohol Withdrawal.”

Recovery.org: “Aftercare Programs for People in Addiction Recovery.”

American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: Understanding Group Therapy.”

Medscape: “Alcoholism Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 05, 2017

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