What about Alcoholics Anonymous as a free,worldwide treatment and peer based recovery program?
Sharon Donahue
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Hi Sharon, I am sorry to hear about the trouble alcohol has caused you. And yes, Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that has helped many people–in fact, many members of Hello Sunday Morning’s community also engage with it. However, one of our concerns is that it has been estimated that only about 5–10 per cent of people experience successful outcomes with AA, so we need to address the lack of accessible support available for the remaining 90–95 per cent of people looking for it. (Source: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-5-75). As for the term “alcohol problem” — I hear you. For some people alcohol certainly becomes a problem. Still, as I pointed out above, only supporting people when they have a medically definable problem is, as we’ve observed over the years with our work, ultimately ineffective. Many people do want to change their relationship with alcohol well before they have a medical “problem” with it; they just don’t know where to go to get help. On top of that there are the issues of stigma and the associated processes of learned helplessness, which are a barrier to recovery (Source: Marlatt, G. A. (1979). Alcohol use and problem drinking: A cognitive-behavioural analysis. Cognitive-behavioural interventions: Theory, research, and procedures, 319–355). We are going to be writing about the language we use around alcohol and addiction in the near future, maybe that will help illustrate what we mean by this.