An expose of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs, and the rehab industry and how a failed addiction-treatment model came to dominate America.
AA has become so infused in our society that it is practically synonymous with addiction recovery. Yet the evidence shows that AA has only a 5 10 percent success rate hardly better than no treatment at all. Despite this, doctors, employers, and judges regularly refer addicted people to treatment programs and rehab facilities based on the 12-step model.
In "e;The Sober Truth,"e; acclaimed addiction specialist Dr. Lance Dodes exposes the deeply flawed science that the 12-step industry has used to support its programs. Dr. Dodes analyzes dozens of studies to reveal a startling pattern of errors, misjudgments, and biases. He also pores over the research to highlight the best peer-reviewed studies available and discovers that they reach a grim consensus on the program s overall success.
But"e; The Sober Truth"e; is more than a book about addiction. It is also a book about science and how and why AA and rehab became so popular, despite the discouraging data. Dr. Dodes explores the entire story of AA s rise, from its origins in early fundamentalist religious and mystical beliefs to its present-day place of privilege in politics and media.
"e;The Sober Truth"e; includes true stories from Dr. Dodes s thirty-five years of clinical practice, as well as firsthand accounts submitted by addicts through an open invitation on the "e;Psychology Today"e; website. These stories vividly reveal the experience of walking the steps and attending some of the nation s most famous rehabilitation centers.
"e;The Sober Truth"e; builds a powerful response to the monopoly of the 12-step program and explodes the myth that these programs offer an acceptable or universal solution to the deeply personal problem of addiction. This book"e; "e;offers new and actionable information for addicts, their families, and medical providers, and lays out better ways to understand addiction for those seeking a more effective and compassionate approach to this treatable problem.
"e;From the Hardcover edition."e;"e;