Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice


Katrina Pann

Committee Member

Barbara Christina


Substance abuse, self help groups, social capital, social support groups, peer relationships


This applied dissertation was designed to provide a better understanding of the relationship between engagement within 12-step fellowships and the successful completion of transitional living programs. Engagement was defined as attending 12-step meetings, having a sponsor, working steps, and fellowshipping with other recovering addicts. Data were collected from chart reviews of 35 clients who participated in the transitional housing program between 2014 and 2020. Data were analyzed using descriptive and correlational statistics.

An analysis of the data revealed a significant relationship between 12-step meeting attendance and successful completion of the transitional living program. The most successful clients were those who made connections within the 12-step fellowships through engaging in social activities and getting involved with a sponsor within the fellowship, doing service within the 12-step fellowship, or attending events within the 12-step fellowships. One recommendation would be to include these activities in any treatment programs or after-care treatment such as transitional living programs. Attendance, in and of itself, is helpful but is not enough. It is the actual engagement in the fellowship that appears to provide better treatment outcomes.

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