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
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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
So you've read some biographies of AA's founders. Please feel free not to share your completely not startling or new revelations.
A former teetotaler shares his experience as a recovering alcoholic. It's January 1 as I write this—the day after New Year's Eve. The holiday brings to mind many things, but two things will stand out for this article. First, New Year's Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Show More Summary
I now, embarrassingly late in the game, see credit-card debt as a problem for many that is nearly as pernicious as drug and alcohol addiction. This shouldn't be a surprise—there is such a thing as Debtor's Anonymous, and the same cycle...Show More Summary
You've heard of the 12-Step Program of Alcohol Anonymous and you may have even heard of "The Twelve Steps of Pharma Social Marketers Anonymous" (here). But have you heard of the "12 [Steps the] Pharma Industry Can [Take] to Rebuild Real...Show More Summary
You take away the second word in Alcoholics Anonymous and what are you left with?
Something you won't see in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook: while staying at the White House during WWII, legendary British Prime Minister Churchill awoke his first morning and ordered "a tumbler of sherry in my room before breakfast,...Show More Summary
Leon Neyfakh addresses the question: [I]n Russia, despite the passionate efforts of its proponents, [Alcoholics Anonymous] has struggled for acceptance as a legitimate treatment method and has largely failed to catch on. Since 1987, when an Episcopal priest from New York convened some of Russia’s very first AA meetings, only about 400 groups have formed in the […]
The kind of alcoholic that is described in the book Alcoholics Anonymous seems to be a pretty rare thing. I don’t hear many people in meetings describe their use as black-out drinking from the first sip they ever took. Oh, they exist, to be sure, but they are relatively rare. With drug addiction it seems […]
Studies and testimonials have shown that 12-step mutual-help organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can play an important role in addiction recovery among young adults with substance use disorders (SUDs). Show More Summary