When Charlie Sheen said that AA was a cult, he was right. Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre has cancelled production of the show because Charlie denounced AA, and it’s teachings. Why would he do this when he’s continued production in the past when Charlie went through rougher incidents? Because Charlie was in AA back then – but now that he’s left the cult, he needs to be punished.
Will-Power is often confused as being the key element in a choice based model of addiction. One needn’t deny their will in order to solve a substance use problem. Just because addiction is not a disease, that doesn’t mean that one must live with constant “cravings” or desires to use drugs and alcohol. Learn more about a choice based model of addiction here.
South Park did a great episode on the dangers and absurdity of Alcoholics Anonymous and the recovery culture, check it out here.
What is commonly referred to as selfishness in the recovery culture, is not relly in anyone’s self-interest, and the altruistic strategies prescribed as a solution are self-contradictory.
Andy Dick gave a bizarre interview on The Joy Behar show recently. The topic was addiction and advice for Lindsay Lohan. The most interesting moment for me is at the end where Dick talks about his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor…
The important thing is that you don’t consider yourself to be your own Higher Power, because your own best thinking found your bottom for you. -Roger Ebert The above quote from Roger Ebert is troublesome and it reflects a common view among AA members. Ebert says that “your own best thinking found your bottom for […]