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A 2012 report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University compared the current state of addiction medicine to general medicine in the early 1900s, when quacks worked alongside graduates of leading medical schools.The American Medical Association estimates that out of nearly 1 million doctors in the United States, only 582 identify themselves as addiction specialists.“So I’d have one drink,” he says, “and the first thing on my mind was: I feel better now, but I’m screwed. I might as well drink as much as I possibly can for the next three days.”He felt utterly defeated.And according to AA doctrine, the failure was his alone. G., Alcoholics Anonymous says that person must be deeply flawed.By the time he was a practicing defense attorney, J. (who asked to be identified only by his initials) sometimes drank almost a liter of Jameson in a day. He lived in Minnesota—the Land of 10,000 Rehabs, people there like to say—and he knew what to do: check himself into a facility.He often started drinking after his first morning court appearance, and he says he would have loved to drink even more, had his schedule allowed it. He spent a month at a center where the treatment consisted of little more than attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better.Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers use the 12 steps as the basis for treatment.
I spent three years researching a book about women and alcohol, Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink—And How They Can Regain Control, which was published in 2013.
The program instructs members to surrender their ego, accept that they are “powerless” over booze, make amends to those they’ve wronged, and pray.
Alcoholics Anonymous is famously difficult to study.
But although few people seem to realize it, there are alternatives, including prescription drugs and therapies that aim to help patients learn to drink in moderation.
Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, these methods are based on modern science and have been proved, in randomized, controlled studies, to work. G., it took years of trying to “work the program,” pulling himself back onto the wagon only to fall off again, before he finally realized that Alcoholics Anonymous was not his only, or even his best, hope for recovery.