Many treatment programs incorporate the traditions, philosophies, and steps of Alcoholics Anonymous into their rehabilitation programs. The mere mention of AA can turn people away from choosing to get sober entirely because of their misconceptions regarding the twelve step program.

A Few AA Myths We’ve Heard

You Have To Believe In God To Be In AA

AA myth opinion:  There is a lot of talk about God in AA. Thankfully, most of the time when God is mentioned there is a little clause which goes something like as you understood Him. In Alcoholics Anonymous you get to choose your own “Higher Power”. While you don’t have to believe in any theistic God or worshipped deity, you are encouraged to find something to believe in, a “power greater than yourself”. For many people, that order is too tall, so they turn from AA.

AA Doesn’t Work

AA myth opinion:  Alcoholics Anonymous does work for many people. Alcoholics Anonymous does not work for everyone. Some people simply don’t jive with the program and it is not enough to inspire them to stay sober. Plenty of other programs exist with different approaches to confronting alcoholism and finding abstinence. There are even programs which promote healthy moderation which many people can find success in.

AA Isn’t Evidence-Based

AA myth opinion:  Before the release of The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous, otherwise just known by title as Alcoholics Anonymous, dozens of people throughout the country were finding freedom from alcoholism. Following a series of six or twelve steps, chronic alcoholics deemed lost causes were finding sobriety. Since the release of the book in 1939, millions of people worldwide have found abstinence and recovery in their lives. Conducting longitudinal studies on AA and other twelve-step programs is difficult for researchers to do because of the anonymity associated with the program and its special set of traditions. However, for the millions who turned from chronic alcoholics to grateful people in recovery, the suggested program of recovery in AA is evidence enough.

AA Is For Grumpy Old Men Who Complain A Lot

Alcoholics Anonymous MythsAA myth opinion:  Who would someone want to go sit in a room full of people complaining about not being able to drink? You’re doing enough of that on your own if you are in your first year of sobriety. Most people are astonished to see the smiles and hugs, hear the laughter, and witness the transformation they do when they go to their first AA meetings. Recovering from alcoholism and learning to stay sober one day at a time is hard! In between the difficult moments, there is a lot of gratitude, joy, and humility which gets passed around. Alcoholism does not discriminate. Alcoholics Anonymous is full of young people, women, LGBTQ, and every other kind of person you can imagine. All those people aren’t there to complain about alcohol the rest of their lives. Meetings, it is said, are for the newcomer. Having found a solution for staying sober, people continue to attend meetings to share that solution with others.

Get Real Recovery believes that there are tools for transformation within the twelve steps. We utilize the 12 step philosophy in addition to a myriad of evidence-based treatment methods, healing modalities, and other activities. Our goal is to help you create success in sobriety. For more information on our residential and outpatient programs, call 866-983-3651 today.


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