Oh no LiLo…. First, Lindsay Lohan admitted to drinking a glass of wine during her recovery. Then, a source revealed she's attending Coachella this week with Dina Lohan as her chaperone. And now, an insider is confessing the starlet was a total diva during her New York AA meetings—seemingly distracting the entire group! According to a source inside the [...]
A man convicted of selling drugs at drug treatment meetings will likely be given probation after prosecutors found he was in failing health, according to ABC NEWS affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. Following a months-long sting, Michael Martin Shepard, 64, was arrested in March for allegedly...
From "One day at a time" to "hitting bottom," two AA critics argue the group is based on bad science and logic
The relationship between Bill Wilson and his Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder, the unsung Dr. Bob Smith, shows that fellowship—not dogma—is at the heart of the 12 Steps.
Links for you. Science: Hypothesis Overdrive? (excellent) The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction Power Lines Look Like Terrifying Bursts of Light to Animals Whitehead, Biogen team up on drug research (interesting to read about … Continue reading ?
The journalist puts several “false assumptions” to rest regarding stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks; Alcoholics Anonymous is highly unsuccessful and overrated; meanwhile, scientists figure out what’s the best diet out there. These...Show More Summary
Trisha Wiles, 26, recently launched iamafighter.com, an anonymous social network for addicts seeking help; inspired to do so because of her own struggles with alcohol addiction. When Trisha stopped drinking back in August 2011, she found herself living in a rural part of Ohio, feeling very isolated, with little means to support herself. Alcoholism had […]
Before Alcoholics Anonymous and the recovery movement hijacked the term, "sober" simply meant not being currently intoxicated. Now, sober is a state of being—one you can only achieve through total, lifelong abstinence if you ever drank alcoholically. For recovery absolutists, no one recovers from alcoholism without giving up drinking forever. Show More Summary
A new documentary argues that people living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other forms of addiction shouldn't have to hide their stories or successes. The Anonymous People got a boost from a recent Kickstarter.com campaign, and now the movie is ready to hit select New York-area theaters Friday as well as the home video market. Show More Summary
Lindsay Lohan is telling pals that she is STILL completely sober after she raised eyebrows Sunday night with her confession that it’s hard for her to go to Alcoholics Anonymous… READ ON
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is in trouble. After nearly 30 years, the atheist alternative to super-spiritual Alcoholics Anonymous will no longer be funded in full by the Council for Secular Humanism (a part of Center for Inquiry) due to budget constraints. Show More Summary
If I were addicted and wanted help, I might rather suffer the consequences of abusing drugs or alcohol than pretend that the required verbal ablutions in Alcoholics Anonymous meant anything to me at all. Six or seven of the famous twelve steps refer to God or to prayer. Show More Summary
A growing number of A.A. meetings offer a 12-step program for nonreligious people in recovery: agnostics, atheists, humanists or freethinkers.
A new community among an elite few entrepreneurs is evident, and apparently it is taking the model from Alcoholics Anonymous. Confessions are coming forth from these entrepreneurs revealing the many millions of dollars lost in their respective businesses. Expressing the loss publicly appears to be a part of the healing and recovery process. Show More Summary
Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs are based in part on the idea of a "sponsor," a person who provides support in times of trouble or temptation. But the problem is that the sponsor system doesn't fit with current scientific understandings of how addiction recovery works. Read more...
Maia Szalavitz profiles Dr. Lance Dodes, who considers the primacy of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous an impediment to more scientifically supported methods of addiction recovery: Dodes shows that much of the research that undergirds AA is a conflicted mess that confuses correlation with causation. Show More Summary
I’m not exactly surprised that rag like The New York Post would send a reporter to loiter outside of a 12-step meeting like Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous, in hopes of scoring some exclusive “scoop” on the passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. But I am repulsed by it. In an article in yesterday’s paper — which I [...]
Keeping on the straight and narrow, Gerard Butler attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday (January 30). The "300" star chatted with fellow attendees as he emerged in a black leather jacket, blue scarf, and...Show More Summary
Alcoholic Braggarts Anonymous 4:02 A safe place for recovering alcoholics to share stories about how badass they are. Submitted by: DanBanas Regular Keywords: Alcoholic Support Group Views: 265
Brian Palmer explores how proponents of chemical therapies for alcoholism conflict with the abstinence-based approach of support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous: Many patients and doctors have grumbled for years about the religion inherent...Show More Summary