Three levels of meeting attendance were discerned:
- mid-level, and
- â€œ90 meetings in 90 days.â€
Of greatest interest, the mid-level group showed mixed interest in AA practices despite substantial meeting attendance, that is,
- they admitted powerlessness over alcohol, but had less enthusiasm for the higher power concept, and relapsed significantly;
- they were likely to have a sponsor, but were less involved with other AA members; and
- they reported working the 12 Steps, but were less interested in the AA literature.
Findings suggest that individuals who are attending AA but having difficulty embracing key aspects of the program need professional assistance that focuses more on AA practices and tenets and meeting attendance.
Barriers to affiliation can also serve as opportunities for furthering both counselling goals and affiliation.