Why gamblers anonymous might not work for some


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Why is everyone with alcohol and drug problems automatically herded into 12-step meetings?

The main reasons people don't like 12-step meetings.
Why Dr. Kern knows A.A. isn't the only way.

Dr. Kern is an internationally recognized expert in addiction treatment.
Five major differences between Dr. Kern's treatment approach and the 12-step approach.

Even though A.A., with its 12-step approach, has helped millions of people over the last 60-plus years, there is no evidence that A.A. is better than other approaches. On the contrary, a major research study, funded by the U.S. government, concluded that A.A. does not help the majority of people who attend the meetings.

In the summer of 2004, A.A.'s own shocking statistics were revealed on Showtime's irreverent show, BULL****. Hosts Penn & Teller devoted an entire show to "12-Step Myths" and revealed secret member surveys that consistently verified that only 5% of A.A. members get sober and stay sober. After just one year, 95% of members stop showing up for meetings. A.A.'s 5% success rate is no better than the success rate for people who decide to quit on their own.

So why is everyone with addiction problems automatically herded into 12-step meetings?

A.A. was founded here in the United States in the 1930s and has been in existence long enough to become an unquestioned part of American culture.

Twelve-step programs, such as A.A., treat addiction as a disease, rather than a behavior control problem.

Twelve-step programs, such as A.A.. treat addiction as a disease, rather than a behavior management control problem. People are told that they have no control or power over their disease and that the only way to get help is by attending 12-step meetings for the rest of their lives.

The main reasons people don't like 12-step meetings.

Listening to his own clients and noting recent research on the subject, Dr. Kern explains that there are many reasons people don't join 12-step programs or find them helpful, such as:

"It's just a substitute dependency."
"It's too religious."
"There is too much dogma."
"I don't feel I fit in."
"My problem isn't as bad as theirs."
"I haven't hit bottom and I don't want to wait until then to make a change."
"They say I am powerless, but I feel I'm not powerless."
"It's like a cult."
"I don't feel I am an alcoholic"