Thursday, May 7, 2009

Over 5 million people go to a 12 step group each year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts a nationwide survey each year. In 2006 they surveyed over 67,000 people and found that 5 million people over the age of 12 had attended at least one 12 step meeting in the last year. It is amazing to me that 2 alcoholics back in 1935, were able to start an organization that now has this kind of reach. Of course not all those people stayed clean and sober for the whole year. In fact the survey found that 45.1% of those surveyed reported they had not used in the previous month. That is still pretty good – 2.3 million alcoholic and drug addict Americans who are not using alcohol or drugs, at least partly thanks to their participation in a self support group.

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