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Engaging Special Populations in Coalition Work
Peer-run mutual-help groups (MHGs), such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), have been in existence for more than 80 years. These groups play an important role in addiction recovery for millions of people. Scientific literature has identified mutual help groups as contributing factors that help individuals recover from substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery. Additionally, these groups lend to community improvement and prevention efforts. This workshop will provide the participant an overview of mutual help group models, their mission and the role these groups can lend to coalitions in the development, administration and implementation of prevention strategies.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Learn about the role of mutual help or mutual support groups.
2) Identify mutual help groups in their communities.
3) Learn how to engage group members to participate in coalition work.