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God Is My Co-Pilot

When it comes to taming destructive impulses, God may be your best bet. Just ask those who have turned their lives around through Alcoholics Anonymous. AA’s iconic 12 steps are unabashedly spiritual, directing members to surrender their agency to a higher power in exchange for the strength to overcome their drinking-related demons. Show More Summary

Irrationality of A.A.?

My friend recently forwarded me the April 2015 Atlantic Magazine article “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser. If I did not have personal and professional experience with alcoholism and in treating alcoholics, then I imagine I would not have felt such a need to respond to this article.

Links 3/21/15

Links for you. Science: The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous: Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. Data science done well … Continue reading ?

Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock and the Lighthouse

There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous." Yes, I agree! It's totally irrational. How is it possible that a millionShow More Summary

Spirituality vs. Science? A Rebuttal to The Atlantic Article, 'The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous'

Every now and then Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) catches a real and true ass whooping in the press. Recently and particularly this week, the volume of voices against AA reached a new height. The Atlantic published a painfully one-sided article by Gabrielle Glaser this week called The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Show More Summary

3 tips for understanding science journalism

Is Alcoholics Anonymous the most effective way to treat addiction? Some science and health journalists said yes this week. Others journalists said no. This puts readers in an awkward position: How do you make sense of it when good journalists...Show More Summary

‘The Atlantic’ and Chris Hayes Get Alcoholics Anonymous Totally Wrong

The Atlantic magazine just published a lengthy piece by author Gabrielle Glaser that challenges the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous. Entitled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous,” the article takes aim at the organization and never lets up, and on Wednesday night’s All In with Chris Hayes, the author continued an assault that’s based on a fundamentally flawed premise, [...]

The Shaky Science Behind the Pseudo-Faith That Is Alcoholics Anonymous

A very interesting article in the Atlantic shines the spotlight on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous -- and more importantly, on AA's dubious claims of efficacy. At about 7,500 words, Gabrielle Glaser's piece is thorough and serious-minded, and while I recommend reading it in full, I'm happy to provide a summary here in five easy pieces.1. Show More Summary

Moderation, Not Abstinence, May be the Answer for Alcoholics

Photo via Pixabay A new alcohol addiction rehabilitation program, called Moderation Management (MM), is looking to challenge the standardized method of abstinence popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous. So far, it has the growing popularity...Show More Summary

Do 12-Step Programs Deserve to Be So Popular?

2 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

On this week’s “On the Media,” Brooke Gladstone interviewed Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink — And How They Can Regain Control and a forthcoming piece in The Atlantic on Alcoholics Anonymous, about the singular place AA and other “12-step” programs have in the American cultural consciousness when... More »

An alcoholic patient, and his effect on a medical student

Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. This is one of the main tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it serves to encourage its members to commit to absolute abstinence. It is also a belief, I have come to realize, held by the many medical residents I have encountered. When an alcoholic patient is admitted to the […]

Can Debtors Anonymous Help You?

More and more, the compulsion to spend money is being recognized as an issue that needs to be addressed in some consumers. We often think of addiction as something that occurs only in those who abuse substances like drugs or alcohol. In some cases, we recognize that some behaviors, like gambling, can be compulsive. But [...]Show More Summary

Naya Rivera Is Having A Baby, And I Can’t Wait To See How She’ll Channel Kim K’s Pregnancy

Naya Rivera is pregnant with her first child with husband Ryan Dorsey. This isn't based on anonymous sources or mysteriously flowy tops or a suspicious abstinence from alcohol at a party. This news came straight from the horse's mouth. Show More Summary

Alcoholics Anonymous in Des Moines Won’t List Non-Religious Group’s Meeting Times in Its Master Schedule

Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious organization -- several of its famous Twelve Steps reference God (though a Higher Power is an acceptable alternative). One of the rules about forming AA groups is that you just need two people who have a desire to stop drinking and boom... Show More Summary

Robert Scoble In Recovery, Going Dark On Social For Two Months

2 months agoTechnology : Valleywag

The past few months have been bumpy for tech pundit Robert Scoble. They have included a confession about being sexually abused as a teenager; a diagnosis of cancer; a decision to go to Alcoholics Anonymous; a new best friend who hadShow More Summary

RIP Dr. Ernest Kurtz

2 months agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

Ernie Kurtz—a friend to The Fix, and the author of Not God-A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, died unexpectedly last week. The Fix remembers Dr. Kurtz and his achievements.

AA’s Male Culture

Alcoholics Anonymous is steeped in male dominance.

A Woman Fights AA, Alcoholics Anonymous as Narcissist

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.

Drs. Lakshman Rao Chervu and Shanta Chervu murders 12/31/1988 Larchmont, NY Paul Cox convicted and sentenced to 16-50 years in prison

Drs. Lakshman Rao Chervu and Shanta Chervu Paul Cox Trials: 1994 – A Confidantes Testify Against Cox Alcoholics Anonymous Member Paul Cox Brutally Murdered Couple He Thought Where His Parents In 1994 A Family Must Deal With the Murders of the Couple Who Shaped Their Lives Killings of Larchmont Doctors Described at Trial Carpenter Guilty […]

Emmet Fox: The Sermon on the Mount and Alcoholics Anonymous

2 months agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most influential texts for AA literature. Who was Fox, and how did this book become the basis for the Big Book?

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