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I am against abuse in addiction recovery meetings. The majority of meetings have no rules regarding membership safety— including no rules against sexual harassment. I blame this on the most read books in 12 Step treatment: Alcoholics Anonymous’ 1939 Big Book and The Twelve Steps and The Twelve Traditions (or 12&12). In the former, women are not the alcoholics but the wives expected to stay with abusive alcoholic husbands. In the latter, rape is considered an act of lust.
Sexism and misogyny contribute to a culture of sexual harassment, abuse, and crimes against vulnerable members- not just women- that is often jokingly referred to as “The 13th Step.” Meanwhile, 12 Step Members are taught to believe they are powerless over people, places, and things— Not just alcohol and drugs.
Only Step One mentions alcohol: “Admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Too many people are not aware of what Alcoholics Anonymous is. It isn’t ran by medical professionals and it isn’t funded by the US Government. AA says it is SPIRITUAL, NOT RELIGIOUS, but the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts have ruled that AA is religious or a religion. The Department of Justice deems all 12 Step programs religious and they cannot be funded by the DOJ in part or in whole.
Alcoholics Anonymous, unlike professional led group therapy, is ran by untrained laypeople, who are not screened with background checks. AA secretaries, chairpersons, and sponsors can be anyone; Many US Courts send violent and sexual offenders to the widely available, free, and ungoverned 12 Step meetings. This has ended in tragedy, where children are molested and people have been attacked or murdered by AA members they met at AA meetings.
Shockingly, 75% of US Treatment Centers heavily rely on 12 Step education as the bulk of their rehab program, which means they are charging patients hundreds and thousands of dollars- as well as insurance companies- for a program that is available for free. Despite AA’s 5% success record, the typical prescription for drinking problems continues to be recommendations to 12 Step meetings and 12 Step rehab. More shockingly, nobody seems to care about AA’s lack of success, the higher risk of binge drinking after AA attendance, and AA’s religiousness.
Instead of staying silent, I decided to speak up and share the truth about Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Step methods. This blog will educate the reader about how the steps are ineffective, induce depression, and increase drinking problems. I offer constructive criticism about how AA can improve. I also mention the secular alternatives to AA meetings. But ultimately, the most effective method for treating a drinking problem is to avoid dependence on any support group, whether it’s religious or not. 75% of addicted persons recover without ANY recovery program at all. So if you are currently one of the many people coerced into 12 Step programs, I will be updating my links on how to fight forced mandatory religious meetings on here.
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