Why AA Didn’t Work For Me
AA is a life saver to thousands of people but it is not for everyone, me included.Why AA Didn’t Work For Me
I knew that my drinking was dangerously out of control but I didn’t want to sit with a bunch of strangers and label myself an ‘alcoholic’.
I didn’t want to tell my family that I was going to AA and that meant I would have to lie to them about where I was going. My list of problems with AA grew larger and larger.
The biggest problem though is that for most people it doesn’t work.
Attending Alcoholics Anonymous does not involve any ‘treatment’, they follow the 12 steps in a hope one will stop drinking, however many people who are following ‘the steps’ are still drinking.
The twelve steps were created in 1935 and have no ‘intervention’ properties, they involve a process of prayer and meditation to achieve a ‘spiritual awakening’. In fact the Ditman-Study provided evidence that AA is no more effective than doing nothing or ‘no treatment at all’.
New member drop out rates, the percentage of those that leave is, 81% after one month, 90% after 3 months, 95% after 12 months. AA have a 5% retention rate, yet are perceived as a successful organization.
Yet again proving that willpower does not work as a cure for alcohol problems.