AA’s Concept of Alcoholism

“AAs characteristically believe that alcoholism is an unabating, chronic biopsychospiritual illness which can be arrested, but never be cured.”

I’ve never heard anybody who successfully quit smoking refer to him/herself as a smoker, a recovering smoker, a recovered smoker, or a smoker in recovery. Yet attend any AA meeting, and substitute ‘alcoholic’ for ‘smoker,’ and you will hear just that. It doesn’t matter whether a member has been sober for five days, five years, or fifty years. This is because the overwhelming majority of AAs embrace a unique disease model of alcoholism. Continue reading “AA’s Concept of Alcoholism”

Restore Us to Sanity

“As my well-being improved, however, that need dissipated, and I started to do something that AA members had suggested I didn’t do: think!”

When I eventually arrived at AA, I was utterly despairing. I had actually decided to get myself committed for insanity, but due to my location that option was off the table; I went to AA instead. Acutely mentally unwell, and experiencing extreme existential crisis and anguish, I attended my first meeting. Continue reading “Restore Us to Sanity”

It Works if You Work It

“Fortunately, for those of us who choose not to attend AA, there are numerous other frameworks of recovery available.” 

Despite increasing distrust of Alcoholics Anonymous, it evidently does work, albeit in varying degrees, for some people suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder. Although its critics claim AA isn’t evidence-based, is out-of-date or, in extreme cases, a cult, Alcoholics Anonymous has undoubtedly helped untold numbers achieve abstinence. Equally, it has failed just as many. Continue reading “It Works if You Work It”