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Griffith Edwards' rigorous sympathy with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Humphreys K. Griffith Edwards' rigorous sympathy with Alcoholics Anonymous. Addiction (Abingdon, England). 2015 Jul 1; 110 Suppl 2:16-8.

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Griffith Edwards made empirical contributions early in his career to the literature on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but the attitude he adopted towards AA and other peer-led mutual help initiatives constitutes an even more important legacy. Unlike many treatment professionals who dismissed the value of AA or were threatened by its non-professional approach, Edwards was consistently respectful of the organization. However, he never became an uncritical booster of AA or overgeneralized what could be learnt from it. Future scholarly and clinical endeavors concerning addiction-related mutual help initiatives will benefit by continuing Edwards'' tradition of ''rigorous sympathy''.

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