When any program which has been credited with helping individuals control or end an addiction is criticized, the accuser becomes a blasphemer. Alcoholics Anonymous claims enormous success, although there are no statistics to support those claims. There exists a hidden evil inside the organization which is not recognized but very real. Predators join AA with the intention of seeking opportunities for sexual abuse.
Women who seek help with alcohol addiction often join local AA meetings. They are fragile and extremely vulnerable. It is now common knowledge that some men attend meeting themselves solely for the purpose of seeking out new female members. They befriend these women, and after gaining their confidence, they use them as sexual toys.
Is there proof that Alcoholics Anonymous is a successful program? AA’s focus is on its ‘twelve step program.’ These ‘beliefs’ are universal. A significant new addiction arises from adherence to these twelve rules; dependency on the meetings, and on fellow members. Anonymity is key to the program. Few members are aware that some of those attending meetings are court ordered felons.
Alcoholics Anonymous requires strict adherence to the twelve steps. Therefore a tranquil environment is mandatory. Emotional outbreaks are forbidden, and complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol is compulsory.
After 75 years of monopoly regarding alcoholism, new organizations are emerging and offering alternate methods of treatment. Some are aimed directly at AA claiming that it is not the only solution to addiction, and expectations are unrealistic; even hinting that successes are fewer than the organization declares. Others condemn high-priced rehabilitation centers and the monopoly of AA as the only resort. Another exposes AA’s dirty little secret about women and sexual predators.
This is not a condemnation of Alcoholics Anonymous; this article is both a warning about a little known evil and certain types of men, and an expose that AA is not for everyone. When it was founded in the late 1930’s, it was an idea created by two men who were self-described alcoholics. There was no science, no scientific study before they created their twelve step program. Throughout the decades which have followed, research has raised doubts about its true value.
Studies have proven that an equal number of men and women who had addictions to drugs and alcohol ended their addictions with or without treatment. A strong desire to end their pattern of self-abuse was enough for many to reject alcohol or drugs.
If there is one major problem with AA, it is itself a codependent group. Many of the meetings are organized by judgmental individuals who over time diminish some member’s self-esteem. Stories from those who left AA after years of meetings tell of a new-found happiness. They realize that the world is not as dark and foreboding as AA made them believe. A world of kind and caring people existed beyond the meeting rooms.
After leaving AA, many alcoholics report the ability to have an occasional beer, or glass of wine without feeling the need to have an excessive number of drinks to become inebriated.
Women who choose to go to AA must exercise caution and follow one of the basic suggestions of Alcoholics Anonymous; do not date or have close personal relationships with others who attend meetings.
By James Turnage