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SELF-HELP EVALUATION 2 Self-Help Evaluation People struggling with substance abuse addiction can look for various options for their recovery, and one of them is self-help groups. The country has self-help groups that help people to overcome drug addiction. Moreover, the people with substance abuse disorder get an opportunity to meet others facing similar problems thus getting mutual support from the self-help groups. Therefore, this paper explores the evolution of self-help groups, types of clients attending the groups and their strengths and weaknesses. Strengths and Weaknesses of Self-Help Groups The self-help group attended is At Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The first strength of the self-help group is that it provides mutual support resulting in personal growth. Every individual who attends the self-help groups is given an opportunity to share his or her challenges with substance abuse. Therefore, they get a chance to listen and interact with other people experiencing similar problems and avoid feeling as if they are struggling alone. Moreover, the addicts evolve emotionally as they express their feelings in each session hence experiencing personal growth (Tracy & Wallace, 2016). Emotional growth is critical in achieving sobriety, so the self-help groups assist addicts to be emotionally mature and avoid substance use. AA self-help group is an effective form of treatment because it teaches coping skills (Tracy & Wallace, 2016). One of the causes of alcohol and drug addiction is the failure to handle stress and life challenges. As a result, equipping addicts with coping mechanisms is an effective way of encouraging sobriety. During AA meetings, individuals learn coping strategies such as effective communication, assertiveness, and ways of dealing with thinking errors. These coping strategies assist the attendees to handle stress and life challenges without taking drugs.
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SELF-HELP EVALUATION 3 Besides, AAs encourage accountability on the part of the addict by assigning a sponsor. The sponsor is an AA attendee who already recovered from substance use, and he or she helps another user in the recovery process. Thus, the sponsor keeps the addict accountable and committed to the recovery process (Witbrodt, Kaskutas, Bond, & Delucchi, 2012). Additionally, the addict and the sponsor even meet or talk outside the AA meetings to ensure that the addict is not tempted to turn to drugs or alcohol. The personal connection and the support prevent relapse. Another strength of AA self-help groups as an addiction treatment is its use of the 12- step program. The 12-step program involves a spiritual element that requires the addict to get assistance from a higher power and make amends to recover. The substance abusers are encouraged to improve their spiritual growth and individual maturity to overcome the disease of addiction. The activities involved in the 12-step program such as asking forgiveness from the
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