Who is suitable for AA referral?

Demographics of AA Referral and Attendance

AA is a global network of over 100,000 local groups and is present in almost every country, city, town or village. With over 2 million members AA spans language barriers, cultures and sociodemographic status.

Various forms of Twelve Step Facilitation and, indirectly AA efficacy have been researched. Specifically the following groups have research or survey support for referral to AA;

  • Men , women  and youth.
  • Married, defacto, single, divorced or separated.
  • Ages 12 to over 70 years.
  • Able-bodied, disabled; deaf and blind.
  • European, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indian and Eskimo, Russin, Australian Aborigine, New Zealan Maori, Potuguese, Chinese, Serbo-Croatian, Dutch-Guiana.
  • Heterosexual, Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. The first woman to gain sobriety in AA was a lesbian.
  • Islamic, Christian, Jewish, atheist, agnostic, Buddhism, Zen, Toaist, Newage, spiritual, Sufi.
  • Professionals, politicians, self-employed, unemployed, celebrities, healthcare workers, homemakers, retirees, tradespeople, salespeople, administrators, educators, labourors, homeless, students, & etc.
  • Dual diagnosis depression, bipolar disorder, co-addiction, head trauma victims  Methadone clients.

Project MATCH sought to define patient or social environment characteristics that could be used to refer to particular models of intervention. Overall, there was minimal support for any particular characteristics.


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