Impact of work on early-recovery alcoholics anonymous affiliation

P. E. Caldwell, H. S.G. Cutter

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The impact of work on Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) affiliation has not been studied despite the fact that work experiences and workplace dynamics may influence problem drinkers participation in post-treatment recovery programs such as A.A. This exploratory study recruited individuals (N = 55) from inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol problems and assessed their A.A. involvement approximately three months after discharge. An expanded measure of affiliation is used, including participation in a range of A.A. practices and acceptance of major A.A. tenets. Questionnaire and interview data were gathered on employment status, alcohol-related job problems, job stability, perceived workplace support, attitudes toward work, severity of drinking-related problems, health, mental health, relationship factors, and demographics. The degree to which subjects generally perceived that they had a serious drinking problem ('hit bottom') was associated with affiliation, but alcohol-related job problems, in particular, were not. Subjects described their current work situation as having negative, positive, or no influence on their recovery, and those with a negative view had lower levels of affiliation despite reporting a serious drinking problem. Subjects who reported job stability and positive views of work also were less likely to affiliate with A.A.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEmployee Assistance Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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