Over the years data has shown us that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be effective programs for adults. But what about if those adults are teenagers, will the AA and NA program remain as effective? Other research suggests these program are effective for teens.
This study looked at almost 127 adolescents; ¾ were male and ¼ were female teenagers who were followed over a one-year period as they went through AA or NA. Researchers then looked at how their participation related to the outcomes of them being substance-free.
The good news is that the study showed us there was a positive relationship between attendance level and substance use. So the more meetings the adolescents attended, the better off they ended. The study also showed that adolescents who had a sponsor, someone who actually supported them beyond just attending the meetings, fared better then those who didn’t.
So, getting involved with AA or NA early on is a GOOD idea for those with addictions, whether you’re an adult or teenager. A link for more information/meeting locations for AA can be found here. A link for more information/meeting locations for NA can be found here.