Last week I googled ism alcoholism and found myself in several oddly hostile sites hellbent on denouncing AA. Maybe it’s the God angle that ruffles so many feathers. Maybe the naysayers went to a handful of meetings with a chip on their shoulder. Maybe they didn’t go to any meetings at all. Maybe, like the above angry-looking fella, they’re pitching an option that costs money and doesn’t give it away like AA.
There will always be detractors, but somehow it shocked me that people would go so far as to set up web sites and cite puzzling examples of the wily, underhanded ways AA undermines and steals from its members.
If you told me you stay sober by standing on your head for only five minutes a day, I would think you odd but keep it to myself. If you told me you tried AA and it didn’t sit well so you read some books and developed a personal program that kept you from drinking, I’d say swell…terrific and genuinely mean it.
The same detractors that call AA a controlling cult are, not surprisingly, close-minded that it actually works beautifully for some.