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Mutual aid

Mutual aid is typically provided outside formal treatment agencies and is one of the most commonly travelled pathways to recovery. Mutual aid groups come in different types, with the most widely provided being based on 12-Step principles, for example Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. Other forms include SMART Recovery and locally derived peer support networks. NICE clearly recommends that the benefits of these groups can be further enhanced if keyworkers and other staff in services facilitate contact with them, for example by making an initial appointment, arranging transport or possibly accompanying patients to the first meeting and dealing with any subsequent concerns. These interventions can be of benefit to a wide range of people at different levels of the care and treatment system.

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Guidance & Evidence Base

A briefing on the evidence-based drug and alcohol treatment guidance recommendations on mutual aid [Public Health England, 2013]

23 January 2014

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Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management [DH & devolved administrations, 2007]

20 October 2010

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Improving access to mutual aid: A brief guide for alcohol and drug treatment service managers [Public Health England, 2013]

12 December 2014

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Manuals

Adult alcohol users: Volume 1 – 12-Step Facilitation Therapy Manual of Project MATCH [NIH, 1995]

20 October 2010

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Client's handbook: matrix intensive outpatient treatment for people with stimulant use disorders [CSAT, 2006]

14 October 2010

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Facilitating access to mutual aid: Three essential stages for helping clients access appropriate mutual aid support [Public Health England, 2013]

23 January 2014

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MAAEZ: making alcoholics anonymous easier [Public Health Institute, 2002]

07 September 2012

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Implementation

Mutual aid self-assessment tool: Alcohol and drug recovery [Public Health England, 2013]

23 January 2014

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Peer Support Toolkit [Substance Misuse Skills Consortium, 2015]

12 February 2015

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Turning evidence into practice: helping clients to access and engage with mutual aid [NTA, 2013]

23 January 2013

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Shared Learning

Annette Dale-Perera: Looking Ahead 3: Mutual aid and the role of 12 steps [FEAD, 2008]

14 December 2011

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Supporting peer support [Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, 2013]

19 February 2014

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William White on treatment and mutual aid [FEAD, 2009]

13 December 2011

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