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Helping Fellow Addicts Can Help Maintain Sobriety
Date:2/3/2011

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Alcoholics who did not engage in similar outreach to fellow addicts had only a 22 percent success rate, the researchers found.

"These studies indicate that among alcoholics, AA-related helping and giving general help to others has positive effects on drinking outcomes and mental health variables," Pagano concluded.

She adds that similar benefits can be seen among patients struggling with a wide range of health difficulties, including AIDS, chronic pain, and/or depression.

"When humans help others regardless of a shared condition, they appear to live longer and happier lives," she observed.

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For more on addiction treatment, visit DrugFree.org.

--Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Case Western Reserve University, news release, Jan. 28, 2011


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