A recent study shows that the two most important ways AA helps members stay sober is
- spending more time with individuals who support efforts toward sobriety (rather than those who would encourage drinking), and
- increased confidence in the ability to maintain abstinence in social situations.
“AA has been shown to help people attain and maintain long-term recovery,” says study leader John F. Kelly, PhD, associate director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine. The research also indicated that reduced depression and increased spirituality or religious practices also had a significant independent role in the recovery of participants.
Source: Addiction, September 2011
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”