This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the rightwing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the treatment industry, and AA's remarkable influence in the media.
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Cult or Cure or Serious Resentment?
I think for certain that AA has methods (coupled with a “Spiritual” remedy) go heavily against the grain of the medical & psychological communities. All addiction programs are centered towards change albeit psychologically, spiritual or both. I really just wonder why go through all this to prove one institution wrong and not look as intensely to the others? Addiction is a serious problem with devastating consequences so why not simply write about how all of these institutions have their ups & downs? Isn’t the end goal supposed to be about helping people? I don’t see how a person afflicted with substance abuse who (regardless either before or after attendance at an AA meeting) would sit down to read all this information about how bad something is, they just want help. I just don’t see how this information helps.
I feel sorry for the author for writing this.
Inductive reasoning gone very, very wrong
"The one indispensable answer to an environment bristling with people and things one thought were bad was to go on finding new ways in which one could think they were bad." There you have it.