Interesting dialogue on the effectiveness of 12 step programs. My opinion: regardless of the research statistics, AA/NA/CA works…if you work it.
AA isn’t the only way to recover, but no reasonable person can say it’s ineffective.
Gabrielle Glaser has gotten another AA bashing article published and it’s getting a lot of attention. Of course she doesn’t really offer a tangible alternative.
I’m not going to write another piece rebutting it, but I’ll point you to a few relevant posts.
First, in New York magazine, Jesse Singal dismantles Glaser’s arguments.
As with any story about a complicated social-science issue, there are aspects of Glaser’s argument with which one could easily quibble. For one thing, she repeatedly conflates and switches between discussing AA, a program that, whatever one thinks about it, is clearly defined and has been studied, in one form or another, for decades, and the broader world of for-profit addiction-recovery programs, which is indeed an underregulated Wild West of snake-oil salesman offering treatments that haven’t been sufficiently tested in clinical settings…
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