I came across this piece from http://livelighter.org/ that I thought was really good because it illustrates the major differences between the faith-based 12 step solution and other solutions which are based on self empowerment. I do not have any time for the disease theory and actually felt insulted after a while by the powerless idea. The idea of a God/ Higher Power saving me while letting children starve in Africa was also ridiculous!

Smart Recovery Meeting

The article talks about some of the dangers of the AA, including the idea that relapse is the norm, due to the brain disease idea. One of the reasons I looked for alternatives to AA when I was there was because of all the relapsing, which made me come to the conclusion that the AA method was very flawed. There are many other good points and I feel that the author is correct when they say that there is no “cookie cutter” solution to addiction. For me self empowerment worked far better than anything I learnt in AA. In fact AA probably held my recovery back and apart from giving me a different place to go where I could meet others who had the same problem, I do not feel the fellowship has much value as it is locked in its religious roots.

Here is a link to the article http://livelighter.org/overcoming-addiction-why-a-non-12-step-may-work-better-for-you/

It is written by the people from St Jude that run a non 12 step recovery center and have their own great blog http://www.soberforever.net/addictionblog/index.php.



Commenting area

  1. Bill Dinker March 7, 2014 at 11:58 pm · · Reply

    St. Jude is a super sketchy facility. Just read the BBB complaints and reviews on their facility. They also claim an exhorbitant success rate, and once you dig into their “research”, you find they call a couple program alumni a month or two after they leave the center.

  2. Bill Dinker June 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm · · Reply

    All true statements, except the word “claim.” There’s no claim to it. It’s a fact. As far as the independent research you cited, not only are the numbers twisted, but the research conducted does not adhere to any of the standards established by addiction researchers. From the research:

    “We calculated response rates based on a break down of four final disposition categories,
    summarized in Table 2. The overall response rate was 47.55%.”

    The numbers cited by St. Jude fail to disclose a response rate of only 47.55%. Addiction research assumes non-respondents to have experienced relapse. Calculating that as 52.45%, we can state that, on average, of the 100 people polled, 52 out of 100 experienced relapse or total return to substance abuse. Since about 48 out of 100 responded, and of those 48, 62% were reportedly sober, so exactly 29.75 out of 100. The true number should be 29.75%.

    But there’s more. If you go to the St. Jude website, you find that the research was conducted a few months after completion of the program. Of course this will further bolster an already twisted interpretation of the numbers. A true measure is conducted over time with routine follow-up calls, all program alumni with non-respondents assumed to have relapsed.

    • Here is a link to their results which look as if they have taken quite a lot of care with. http://www.soberforever.net/program_success1.cfm I don’t think you can conclude that non responders to a computer generated phone questionere have always relapsed. That smacks of the reasoning I heard in AA that everyone who leaves the programme will relapse. In fact many do better without it, I certainly did.
      A lot of rehabs have very dodgy statistics and you only have to remain there for an allotted time (usually until your insurance runs out) to be claimed a success.
      A lot of people feel let down by the service they get in rehabs, which can often be a detox followed by an introduction to the 12 steps by somebody who is poorly qualified. If AA works for somebody, that is great but it is completely unsuitable for many, who would have done better if they had received some proper treatment from a skilled individual in psychology.
      Many feel short changed by the recovery industry and I am glad that there alternatives to the 12 step solution.

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>