Alcoholics Anonymous is the largest of all the twelve-step programs from which all other twelve-steps programs are derived , followed by Narcotics Anonymous; the majority of twelve-step members are recovering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The majority of twelve-step programs, however, address illnesses other than substance addiction.
For example, the third-largest twelve-step program, Al-Anon , assists family members and friends of people who have alcoholism and other addictions. About twenty percent of twelve-step programs are for substance addiction recovery, the other eighty percent address a variety of problems from debt to depression. The criticisms of twelve-step groups are as varied as the pathologies they address. People have attended twelve-step meetings, only to find success eluded them. Their varied success rate and the belief in a Higher Power suggested in them, are common criticisms of their universal applicability and efficacy.
The Twelve Traditions encourage members to practice the spiritual principle of anonymity in the public media and members are also asked to respect each other's confidentiality. Professionals and paraprofessionals who refer patients to these groups, to avoid both civil liability and licensure problems, have been advised that they should alert their patients that, at any time, their statements made in meetings may be disclosed. One review warned of detrimental iatrogenic effects of twelve-step philosophy and labeled the organizations as cults ,  while another review asserts that these programs bore little semblance to religious cults and that the techniques used appeared beneficial to some.
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Symbolic Interaction. Sometimes, in the more doctrinaire pockets of AA, methods other than the 12 steps are frowned upon. This has its pros and cons. There was an intense feeling of camaraderie, which is something I truly needed at the time. These were people who understood this very strange and contradictory thing about alcoholism.
That is, when you have a drinking problem, you feel like the drink is the only thing holding you together. I now realise that the rush I felt from being in a room full of people in the same boat as me — the sensation of peace, of God entering in through the ceiling — was simply oxytocin the human bonding hormone triggered by the familiar rituals of the meeting.
I was mistaking a chemical experience for a religious one. Then again, I was sober, I felt spiritually awakened and I was spending time in the company of loving people who understood and cared about me. Eventually, probably inevitably, I hit a brick wall in recovery.
AA was founded off the back of a s Christian revivalist movement in the United States. The AA programme makes absolutely no distinction between thoughts and feelings — a key factor in cognitive behavioural therapy , which is arguably a more up-to-date form of mental health technology. You have no control over your life, but the higher power does. AA is still the default treatment for alcoholism in the UK, the US and many other parts of the world. Thousands of people struggle every day with this condition, tragically some even die, without ever hearing about the alternatives.
To most people the idea that you could have one drink and remain relatively sober is completely reasonable. After all, in most countries you can still legally drink a small amount before you drive. The majority of alcoholics, those who may never be able to give up the booze entirely, desperately need to be made aware of the other options now available. In the mids, an American doctor, David Sinclair, began using an opiate blocker called naltrexone to treat alcoholics.
Naltrexone inhibits the euphoria alcoholics get from drinking and allows them to drink normally. It means that, eventually, the drinker no longer associates alcohol with a high. According to AA, that association is never lost. What became known as the Sinclair Method has now been used to treat thousands of alcoholics in Finland, where he worked. In the rest of the world, naltrexone is largely unheard of although nalmefene , a similar treatment, is available on prescription in Britain.
I enjoyed the book. The audio book has a listing of chapters, however are not named, so audio sampling, book for reference, or favorite memorized is necessary for repeat specific listening. A very worthwhile audio book. It's a wonderful material for friends and relatives of problem drinkers; however, I found the recording quality quite unbearable. Greatest way to take in this work is to listen to it.
Much better than reading it.
This book is very helpful. The audio is not professionally polished but I like that many different members' voices come together in this audio book. It makes for a feeling of connection with the many people that are walking through similar experiences. It's great to let you know that you are not alone. Very Real? Botrh are good I think.
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Audiobook gives me a quick access to its content - I can absorb better listening to it - hard copy is good to read the things that impressed me the most. Difficult to single out one most important thing. Maybe the one that of "detachment with" love - it's the most difficult for me. Until now I could detach with resentment and anger. Fellows from Al-Anon showed how to ask God to heal me in this respect. A long way to go - but "one day at a time". Their honesty about their recovery and how the fellowship changed their lives. If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Courage to live in Freedom and Life in Abundance.
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