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“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#63 May 12, 2012
There is an alternative to AA --

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) provides a successful and increasingly popular non-religious alternative to "Twelve Step" recovery programs.

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Lowell, MA

#64 May 12, 2012
There is also Rational Recovery, which has an interesting take on AA. AA's emphasis on addiction actually teaches the role of 'addict' and perpetuates self-identification as an addict.

Cookeville, TN

#65 Sep 13, 2012
Want to be Hindu wrote:
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I sorry Headhunter I see you as a very smart person but in this area you are a bit naive.
Lets look at just 2 areas of the psych field:
Prozac in early studies shown that it was a good drug.There are now studies that show it works at the level of placebos.
Autism Bruno Bettelheim was an internationally known figure, prominent for his studies of autism and success in treating emotionally disturbed children.
Bettelheim subscribed to and was a key proponent of the refrigerator mother theory of autism, which enjoyed considerable influence into the 1960s and 1970s in the US, although there were suggestions he later changed his thinking.[1] It was in keeping with psychological theories that blamed most emotional illnesses on the parents, especially the mother. Bettleim 1967 book The Empty Fortress: Infantile Autism and the Birth of the Self, which promoted the "refrigerator mother" theory of autism, enjoyed wide success, especially in popular press. The book played a key role in ensuring that the "refrigerator mother" theory soon became the accepted explanation for autism in popular culture and, to a considerable extent, in professional circles.
I work with mothers of Autistic kids who never gotten over the pain of years of belief it was their fault for Autism.
I can tell you that the History of the psychological professionals are worse then AA.
Be that as it may, your reasoning is no justification of the bait and switch that is modern aa, OR the astronomical cost it has placed on our medicaid system to send the court ordered to "treatment" which is nothing more than a locked door and forced indoctrination into aa. The only place it is "special" to be in aa is IN aa. It creates disfunctionalism with the delusion of religious significance.

“God=Registered Sex Offender!”

Since: Jul 12

Flower Mound, TX

#66 Sep 16, 2012
I was saved unto Jesus Christ at the Fellowship of the Alcoholics Anonymous. I drove up in my teal green Honda and said, "Hello, I'm Betty Binderbottom and I have a teal green Honda and two chihuahuas." I looked like the hind end of destruction so they made me read chapter one of Romans and then chapter two of Romans plus the Book of the Philippines.

After reading Romans, they made me entertain the notion that I was a sinner. Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion, you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some blood-thirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because no one knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself. Glory!

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