United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental Health

Self-Help Toolkit: Sending New Patients to Self-Help

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Sending New Patients to Self-Help

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How do I describe self-help groups to a patient who has never been to a meeting?
Do you have any handouts for patients about self-help groups?
Should I refer patients to self-help while they are in VA treatment?
  • Yes, patients are often referred while still in treatment. In fact, research shows that patients who participated in 12-step self-help groups in addition to treatment were twice as likely to be abstinent than those who did not (Dawson et al. 2006).

    For more information on this topic see: Moos, R., & Timko, C. Outcome Research on 12-step and other Self-Help Programs [p 568].