Funding: NIAAA R01 AA014688
Substance abuse treatment providers usually recommend that clients attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. However, client resistance to AA’s culture can be considerable. Providers need a consistent way of overcoming that resistance so that clients can be more open to what AA has to offer. This project tests a manual-guided intervention for use in group treatment sessions, called MAAEZ (Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier). Study sites are in both northern and southern California. MAAEZ was developed by scientists at the Alcohol Research Group, under our center grant program. The proposal responds to two program announcements from NIAAA seeking applications of high priority to providers that are adopted in real-world settings. The manual is available from ARG upon request to Dr. Kaskutas who is the Principal Investigator of the study.