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”