From the beginning, it was designed to be a program for living… a grass-roots approach based not on scientific research or professional practice but on the direct experience of recovering persons.
Both sides present arguments, and for the most part, those arguments depend on the separation of spirituality from religion.
AA and NA aren’t designed to have a ‘success rate’. Their mission is to reach out a helping hand to those who still suffer.
If Project MATCH had it right, and all three work but none works significantly better than the others– then what’s all the argument about?
Look what’s happened to the public image of rehab as a result of those awful high-profile celeb incidents.
We certainly shouldn’t feel good about the damage we’ve done, but wallowing in useless remorse is a bad place to get stuck.
If perfectionism, long-held resentments, or the unreasonable expectations we have of our wonderful selves get in the way, we’re still stuck.
When addicts and alcoholics are unprepared for the reality of sobriety, it’s all too easy to run back to the familiar hell of addiction.
It can be intimidating to look over the inventory, and think about sharing these shame-laden items with another real live person.
Non-believers build moral codes without churches, because you don’t need to believe in a god(s) to know the difference between right and wrong.