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Recorded on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 

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This presentation summarizes the current evidence about the effectiveness of mutual help groups and the mechanisms of action in these groups, including AA, SMART, LifeRing, and WFS. AA is comparably effective to well-implemented CBT. The evidence so far suggests that the other groups are comparably effective to AA. Further studies are in progress. Similar to evidence about common factors in psychotherapy, mutual help groups appear to have common factors. Any freely chosen mutual help group appears likely to be helpful. This presentation also overviews the range of mutual help groups currently available, their surface differences, and interventions for clients who report having no interest in attending any group.


A. Tom Horvath, PhD, is the Founder and President of Practical Recovery Psychology Group, Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50; the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists), and author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions. For 20 years, he was the Volunteer President of SMART Recovery (established 1994), an international non-profit offering free, self-empowering, science-based addiction mutual help groups. He continues to serve on SMART’s U.S. Board of Directors, and the Global Research Advisory Council of SMART Recovery International. He is also a fellow of the APA. In 2022, Horvath received Division 50’s award for Distinguished Career Contribution to Public Interest.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to identify two mutual help groups not based on the 12-step approach.
  • Participants will be able to explain how recent research suggests that mutual help groups may be equally effective so that clients can be encouraged to seek out options most agreeable to them.
  • Participants will be able to name at least one strategy for integrating client attendance in mutual help groups as an adjunctive component of addiction treatment.
Content Level

Beginning and Intermediate.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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