Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Destructive Cult?
Jon who often does podcasts with me and has his own blog https://jonsleeper.wordpress.com which is really worth reading has done this podcast with Chris Shelton about the cult side of AA. This is what he says about it.
I did a podcast with Chris Shelton, a recovering Scientologist who spent 27 years in that harmful destructive self help cult. His YouTube channel is amazing. I’ve been following it for a couple of years and am a big fan. Recently, Chris appeared on Leah Remini’s hit TV show “Scientology & The Aftermath”. We discuss some of the nuances around Alcoholics Anonymous. AA’s not a cult, it’s a very successful peer support group. It does share similar thought reform technology – only with positive outcomes. There’s never been a better time for people struggling with alcoholism / addiction to find recovery. I’d encourage anyone to explore the options now available — particularly AA, SMART Recovery and The Sinclair Method. These tools can also be used in combination. There’s a wrench for every nut. Thanks for having me on the show, Chris.
I think it is well worth a listen, and he puts forward a balanced view. It is certainly not the type of Anti AA rant that you sometimes find on Youtube. I am also interested in the negative effects of Scientology having known people who joined that cult.
Jon does many great talks on AA, and I can certainly recommend them.