Why are Alcoholics Anonymous? A discussion about treatment of and for alcohol abusers

Great post! Thank you so much for sharing this, very important and inspiring!


Alcoholics Anonymous was formed nearly 80 years ago by businessman Bill Wilson and physician Bob Smith, or more widely known as “Bill W” and “Dr. Bob”. They were alcoholics who met after Bob had quit drinking (crediting his affiliation with a Christian movement) and Bill was inspired by Bob’s success. Today more than two million mem­bers participate in approximately 115,000 groups worldwide, about half of them in the U.S.

AA works for many excessive drinkers. Researchers credit different reasons for its effectiveness, but most agree it’s the structured and supportive environment that increases the success rate for attendees. Others also suggest it works because of the privacy component; members know only the first names of other members, and they rarely speak of the meetings outside of the group.

Why is anonymity important? If you watch television, especially during the evening news, you see numerous commercials advertising drugs for asthma, migraines…

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  1. Lisa Neumann says:

    Thanks for re-blogging this post. That is a great article. I like the approach because the focus is on the whole person. 🙂


    1. Thank you, I really like it, it’s full of some awesome points. I really liked it for the part about advertising… How often do you see an ED commercial but when do you ever see a rehab one! And it is so true, it is the whole person, not just the addiction – I hope more people read it. Thanks for stopping by Lisa!


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