The Early Impact of Involvement in Narcotics Anonymous Self Help Groups

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THE EARLY IMPACT OF INVOLVEMENT IN NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS SELF- HELP GROUPS A report from the Role of Self-Help Groups in Drug Treatment Research Project

John W Toumbourou1 Margaret Hamilton2

With the assistance of: Alison U'Ren, Gordon Storey, Pru Stevens-Jones, David O'Halloran & John Campbell

of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne 2 Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne and Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne

1 Centre for Adolescent Health, Department of Paediatrics, University

The early impact of involvement in Narcotics Anonymous self-help groups. A report from the Role of SelfHelp Groups in Drug Treatment Research Project Chief investigator: Margaret Hamilton The project was funded by the Australian National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (now the National Drug Strategy) and the Ian Potter Foundation. Analyses supported by the Centre for Adolescent Health. With thanks to members of the Self-Help Research Advisory Group. Copyright  2003, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Inc. This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without permission. Copyright enquiries can be made to the Communications and Publications Unit, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, 54–62 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia. The views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the funding agencies. The study was neither formally affiliated with nor endorsed by any self-help group. Published by the Communications and Publications Unit, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Inc. May 2003 ISBN: 1 74001 013 2 The correct citation for this publication is: Toumbourou, J. W., & Hamilton, M. (2003), The early impact of involvement in Narcotics Anonymous selfhelp groups. A report from the Role of Self-Help Groups in Drug Treatment Research Project. Fitzroy: Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.

CONTENTS
TABLES ...................................................................................................................................................................................iv FIGURES................................................................................................................................................................................vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ........................................................................................................................................................ viii EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .........................................................................................................................................................ix Study aims ............................................................................................................................................................................ix Methodology..........................................................................................................................................................................ix Key findings........................................................................................................................................................................... x Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................................................ x Section 1: INTRODUCTION THE ROLE OF SELF-HELP GROUPS IN SUPPORTING TREATMENT................................................................................ 1 STUDY CONTEXT .................................................................................................................................................................. 2 DEFINING SELF-HELP...
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