Those who have been through its mill claim it is `authoritarian' and `fascistic', employs brainwashing techniques and is cult-like in its attitude to members.Ursula Kenny talks to the disaffected who have rejected its road to recovery TO THE CASUAL observer, Alcoholics Anonymous is an absolute good.Which is good to know when you consider that there are currently 3,350 AA groups in the UK, and counting.Addiction Counselling World magazine also lists 23 UK 12 Step fellowship groups in its current issue (including Survivors of Incest Anonymous, Workaholics Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous).
In the US, the anti-AA lobby has been further fuelled by the recent publication of two books; Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure?
Wait a year before you indulge in a romantic partner. But make completely sure you are comfortable in recovery. If it’s not worth disrupting your sobriety, that’s okay.
You hear that a lot from AA, your sponsor and where you were in recovery. You don’t want to add more responsibilities or stress to your life, especially within the first year of sobriety. The last time you had a sexual partner could have been in your addition. Being drunk and in love, compared to being sober and in love are very different. If you’re not ready for a partner yet, that’s okay. Your wants, needs, and sobriety are far more important than someone else’s.
Once you are an alcoholic you are always an alcoholic. "After a year with AA, you're like a Moonie and you're probably in a relationship with another AA member," says James.
"By the end of your second year, you are definitely cured of your physical addiction, but not the underlying causes - and AA does nothing about this. The AA approach is authoritarian and fascistic, which is very effective when it's getting you to stop taking your drug of choice.