AA has helped many thousands of people--there is absolutely no doubt. But far more people have tried it with little or no success. In addition, it is increasingly under attack, from declarations of its "irrationality" to accusations of sexual misconduct.
Unaddressed, these concerns run the risk of AA becoming irrelevant. Is it possible to improve AA so it is more effective, yet retain the essence that has helped so many? The answer is YES. Read More Below.
NOW is the time to:conquer your ALCOHOLISM
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been getting a lot of bad press lately, from articles referring to its "irrationality" to accusations of sexual misconduct. While some of these criticisms are unfair or open to debate, it is becoming clearer that parts of the program need to be revisited, both to address real concerns as well as adjust the program to the new realities of the 21st century. Specifically, AA needs to address five key issues, including:
How should AA respond to these concerns? AA has changed little in 8 decades, and history is littered with the graves of institutions that did not adapt to a different world. Some potential ideas for AA to consider include:
These are not easy changes, particularly since AA is more an association of groups guided by common principles than a top-down hierarchy. But without change AA runs the risk of becoming marginalized in the addiction treatment world. Future alcoholism sufferers and their families will be grateful.
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