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Starting a Dual Diagnosis Anonymous Meeting: The Role of the Clinician

1 January 2008


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.


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