Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Heidemann, Gretchen


This research project explored the effectiveness of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-Step recovery process among males ages 21 to 67 who have abstained from using alcohol for more than one year following residential treatment while using all the suggested AA 12-Step program concepts as their base. This study also examined males ages 21 to 67 that have been unable to maintain sobriety for a year or more following residential treatment while partially using the suggested AA 12-Step program concepts as a base. Participants in the study were enlisted from the recovery community in Southern California, and qualitative interviews were conducted to gather data. The interviews were recorded on Zoom and transcribed using Trint artificial intelligence (AI) audio transcription software. The researcher used the post-positive paradigm to gain the participant’s perspective on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of AA as a recovery base to abstain from alcohol use. The findings were presented to California State University, San Bernardino, and provided to participants in this study upon request.