Peer Support (according to SAMHSA and Recovery to Practice) should never be coerced or forced. All groups, including SMART Recovery, SOS, WFS, LifeRing, and any 12 Step group should be voluntary only. Dictating to a person, whether under threat or punishment, to attend a support group is unethical. Another area AA fails is Peer Support should be open minded and open to other forms of support. In AA meetings, mentioning SMART is an “outside issue.” Another area AA fails at is education, since the education AA provides is limited to AA literature– mainly their 1939 Big Book that remains largely unchanged since it was first published. In the Big Book, there is no mention of new treatments or new scientific discoveries about addiction.
Contact your local alcohol and drug funding boards, rehabs, and medical communities. Contact local courts and ask them to stop coercing/forcing people into support groups. Together, we can make a difference. I realize my video uses “strong” images to convey my points; However, every time AA fails a person and they commit suicide, give up, use more and greater quantities, or even die a stronger image comes to mind: An image of an unjust medical and justice system. The 12 Step treatment industry is a 35 Billion Dollar industry that thrives on “failure” in treatment.
Let’s end this 12 Step dictatorship once and for all.
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