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Rethinking Rehab

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Hour 2: Twelve-step programs have become the industry standard for addiction recovery. But are they really the best form of treatment? We’ll talk this hour about their possible shortcomings this hour with Dr. Lance Dodes, author of The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry (Beacon Press).

  • Debbie Ramsey

    Can people be allergic to alcohol causing an addictive cycle?

  • Debbie Ramsey

    Can people be allergic to alcohol causing an addictive cycle?

  • k7gregg

    For the very first time I feel saddened by a Think show. Kys I am disappointed you allowed your guest to go so unchallenged given his primarily critical, ideological and arrogant approach to this topic. Did you not notice how feeble his alternative offerings for AA were? Perhaps you don’t know many people who have participated in and have benefited from AA, so this went unnoticed by you. Few people even the wealthy could possibly afford the degree of 24 hour support , selfless service and moral support that the AA community provides it’s members.

    To me it was clear how far off base the author’s high level abstractions and personal ideological biases were from the reality on the ground. Perhaps he feels he has the best answer but can he single handedly help the millions of alcoholics out there , regardless of their ability to pay him or his colleagues?

    I only fear that many AA members, perhaps just newly sober out there listening to this program today will become discouraged ,abandon their sobriety and a perfectly effective program because your guest for the purposes of his ego and wallet has made the perfect the enemy of the good.

  • k7gregg

    For the very first time I feel saddened by a Think show. Kys I am disappointed you allowed your guest to go so unchallenged given his primarily critical, ideological and arrogant approach to this topic. Did you not notice how feeble his alternative offerings for AA were? Perhaps you don’t know many people who have participated in and have benefited from AA, so this went unnoticed by you. Few people even the wealthy could possibly afford the degree of 24 hour support , selfless service and moral support that the AA community provides it’s members.

    To me it was clear how far off base the author’s high level abstractions and personal ideological biases were from the reality on the ground. Perhaps he feels he has the best answer but can he single handedly help the millions of alcoholics out there , regardless of their ability to pay him or his colleagues?

    I only fear that many AA members, perhaps just newly sober out there listening to this program today will become discouraged ,abandon their sobriety and a perfectly effective program because your guest for the purposes of his ego and wallet has made the perfect the enemy of the good.

  • Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb

    I enjoyed the program and the apt criticisms of 12 step programs. The faith-based and community-oriented aspects are enormously helpful for some, but it is about high time society recognize this is not a perfect cure for everyone. In many instances, it could result in further harm.

    Yet I do have to log a great deal of disappointment in the very short, almost flippant attention the author has paid towards researching alternatives, beyond the predictable psychologist recommendation of “go to therapy”. Trained psychologists and psychiatrists have no better record than AA in successfully treating addiction. In having disputed the most prominent recovery program recommended today across the world, surely he could have come up with better alternatives to fill the vacuum.

  • Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb

    I enjoyed the program and the apt criticisms of 12 step programs. The faith-based and community-oriented aspects are enormously helpful for some, but it is about high time society recognize this is not a perfect cure for everyone. In many instances, it could result in further harm.

    Yet I do have to log a great deal of disappointment in the very short, almost flippant attention the author has paid towards researching alternatives, beyond the predictable psychologist recommendation of “go to therapy”. Trained psychologists and psychiatrists have no better record than AA in successfully treating addiction. In having disputed the most prominent recovery program recommended today across the world, surely he could have come up with better alternatives to fill the vacuum.

  • GAA

    It was outright irresponsible for the guest to suggest than an alcoholic use and be okay.

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