A growing wing of addiction treatment rejects the Alcoholics Anonymous model of strict abstinence as the sole form of recovery for alcohol and drug users.
He's still roaming free! Shia LaBeouf has not checked himself into rehab, despite earlier reports… But he HAS started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in LA! It was speculated the Transformers actor admitted himself into a treatment facility late yesterday afternoon — but when the news broke, he was actually spotted out in El Lay, and again today, stopping [...]
Shia LaBeouf showed strong signs today he's getting help for some kind of substance abuse issue in the wake of his string of bizarre meltdowns.Shia was in the L.A. area... clutching an Alcoholics Anonymous book.We don't know if Shia is just…
Shia LaBeouf was spotted holding a Alcoholics Anonymous book and both X17 Online and Radar Online is claiming he’s headed for rehab following last week’s arrest at a performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway. I was pretty sure Shia would excuse his behavior as, like, preparation for a role or some performance art thingy, so hey, [...]
X17Online followed Shia LaBeouf to a private rehab facility, where it also took photos of him carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. "It looked like he didn't want to do it, but he knew he had to," said X17's photographer, who also noted that Shia's stay was, so far, just... More »
Threats faced by A.A., including the intensity and endurance of polemical assaults on A.A., raise the question of how A.A. survived these challenges to become such a dominant cultural force.
Rick Perry, who had pretty successfully repaired his image as a back-country doofus by donning a pair of smart-guy glasses, has stepped in it again. This time, while speaking in San Francisco of all places, he explained hat being gay is like being a drunk: "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not,," Perry said. Show More Summary
Keith Humphreys traces how addiction scientists came around to the idea that Alcoholics Anonymous works: A watershed in scientist’s views of the value of AA occurred in the 1990s with Project MATCH, the largest study of alcohol dependence treatment ever undertaken. Show More Summary
A physician named Robert Holbrook Smith had his last alcoholic drink 79 years ago this week. He and Bill Wilson, the friend with whom he had sobered up, thus anointed June 10 as the official founding date of the organization they created together: Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is the most commonly-sought source of help for problem […]
How Alcoholics Anonymous can fix Obama's counterterrorism strategy.
As laid out by Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12th step toward recovering from addiction includes carrying the message of recovery to fellow addicts. And since that doesn’t preclude making a television show about the process, Robert Downey Jr. Show More Summary
Am I an AA Basher because I found Alcoholics Anonymous unhelpful?
What I gather from professional Tinder-ellas like my sister — who met Mister Right through a Mister right-swipe — is that Tinder is a lot like Alcoholics Anonymous: Keep coming back; it works if you work it. So I brought this motto on a two-week work trip to Europe because (1) I am newly single,... More »
Alcoholics Anonymous is steeped in male dominance, sexism, and sexual abuse. read more
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is free on $17,000 bond this morning, but has been ordered to stay away from his girlfriend and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week after his arrest on domestic violence charges. According to the Charlotte Observer, Hardy’s attorney said in court this morning that the woman in the case…
According to Juliet Abram and other victims, Alcoholics Anonymous is a narcissistic, bullying, sexist organization -- and has been since the days of Bill W. And she has the scars to prove it. read more
It seemed juicy: A close-up shot of Zac Efron and his intense blue eyes flanked by a cover line about Alcoholics Anonymous. After keeping mum about rumored rehab stints for months, was the onetime "High School Musical" star about to open up about his reported addiction struggles in a long...
A polemical book about addiction favors psychodynamic therapy over Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12-step programs.
The media covered a new book by Lance Dodes called The Sober Truth. In the book, Dodes surveys the evidence on rehab and finds that there is literally no evidence that rehab, AA or other popular methods for kicking drugs are effective. From a recent Alternet article: Peer-reviewed studies peg the success rate of AA […]
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 [...]