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Two AA Members Walk Into This Cafe…

An example of how the AA sponsor system inflates egos and encourages sociopathy and just plain bad manners. I was eating dinner in one of my favorite Park Slope cafes the other night when two guys walked in and asked … Continue reading

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Project MATCH Gets an F in Psych 101

If I made a wiener out of fifty percent pork and fifty percent beef and labeled it and sold it to you as a 100% all beef kosher hot dog would I be committing fraud? Of course I would! But … Continue reading

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The Stages of Change Model Vs. the “Hitting Bottom” Model

When Prochaska et al did their extensive research on the change process they did not find evidence that a dramatic and traumatic event such as AA’s notion of “hitting bottom” caused people to change their behaviors. What they found instead … Continue reading

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Project MATCH Proves That Harm Reduction Works And 12 Step Programs Don’t

It is rather amazing that the US government spent 35 million dollars on a project as flawed and fraudulent as project MATCH. Project MATCH purported to compare 12 Step Treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), … Continue reading

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Why Substance Use Should Never Be Called A Disease

There are three cases we can look at: 1) The case of recreational substance use where the only negative consequences are the result of the drug laws and not the result of drug use itself. In this case it is … Continue reading

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I Am…

It was recently pointed out to me that the statement “I am ___.” is the most powerful statement in the world. If you say “I am depressed”, I am powerless” or “I am an alcoholic” you are just setting up … Continue reading

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Leaving AA

New blog up for people considering leaving AA http://leavingaa.com/  

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