I feel kind of bad writing this section for 2 reasons:

  1. AA does help 5-8% of people. Since it’s the first place people generally go when they realize they have a problem,  and its been around for 80 years, there are thousands of people out there that swear they are sober today due to the Big Book, working the steps, 90 meetings in 90 days, and so on.. I’m not here to knock those people. If its working for you, all the power to you!

  2. I’m sure Bill W. and his friends had nothing but the best intentions, and it did work for them.


The best thing about AA in my opinion, is the community aspect. I agree that being open with a group of people about your struggles, and committing to meet with the regularly, and work through a process is a good idea. Having a sponsor who trust, and can help hold you accountable is also a good thing.


However, I’m going to point out some things that modern science is teaching us does not appear to be entirely accurate.


  1. You are NOT powerless over alcohol. This self-limiting belief does not help you gain the strength to follow through with long term happiness and recovery. I am NOT saying that alcohol is not a problem, and I am also not saying that you will be able to return to being a regular drinker again once you’ve followed through this process. But the very statement itself and its negative connotations as a core foundation, is not going to help us long term.

  2. Willing to give yourself over to a higher power. I know this is a challenging one for many people, even ones who are die hard, committed to AA.