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Journal of Dual Diagnosis


Due to the symptoms of mental illness, some individuals are not accepted or find it very difficult to engage in traditional 12-step groups, the most widely available peer support groups for substance abuse/addiction. This paper describes the collaboration between a mental health professional and 12-step group members in the formation of a specialized 12-step meeting, Dual Diagnosis Anonymous. An overview of specialized 12-step groups is provided, difficulties the author encountered during the formation of the meeting are described, and specific recommendations for clinician involvement based on the author's experience are presented.


This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Dual Diagnosis.

Roush, S. (2008). Starting a Dual Diagnosis Anonymous Meeting: The Role of the Clinician. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 4(2), 158-169 is available online at:

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