Posted on July 24, by Scott Alexander I.
In recovery, one is truly living in the bubble of his original addiction, although in a momentarily one-day-at-a-time dry state. Just beyond the pious veneer of AA, there is a remarkable convergence between step recovery and the mandates of addiction itself.
Even the speech of people in recovery remains entirely in the idiom we call Addictive Voice, i. As long as an eventual relapse appears possible, that glorious event will cast a shadow over each day in the interim. People in recovery continue to live by the script written for them by addictive desire.
In recovery means in addiction. In addiction, as in recovery, self-intoxication is considered an innocent act. One may apologize or accept responsibility only for behavior under the influence, but not the act of self-intoxication.
The preferred company is other substance abusers, and evenings away from home are taken for granted. As any common drunk will tell you, his family is part of why he drinks; the same is so in recovery.
In recovery, the family must be supportive and never confrontive. Because renewed drunkenness may occur at any time, life must be structured around that possibility.
The recovery group provides no information at all about recovery from addiction through abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. It is likely that AA has no such information to give, for that information would quickly emancipate most of its members from its obligatory meetings. The step program is enigmatic, full of counter-intuitive advice such as the idea of powerlessness over addictive desire.
To survive the onslaught of an irresistible desire and imagined disease, members are required to form a profoundly dependent relationship upon another member who also is bereft of independent judgment in his personal affairs.
Together, they strain to believe a creed that contradicts their native beliefs and original family values, and cultivate fear of the bodily desire for addictive pleasures.
AA intercepts newcomers who are on the verge of recovery — aware of the problem and ready to take strong action — and disables their problem solving abilities with the disease concept of addiction.
Prepared to get a grip and summarily quit drinking for life, newcomers rightly expect they will meet recovery veterans who will encourage them in their quest for secure, permanent abstinence.
Instead, the newcomer is met with a bewildering flurry of inverted thinking intended to discourage willful abstinence and encourage continued attendance.
Recovery is not an individual responsibility, but a group project. Your religion, native beliefs, and family values are insufficient and part of the problem.
You are a comprehensive victim, from womb to tomb. Drinking is not a moral issue! Free will does not apply to people suffering from addictive disease.
You must not struggle to gain control, but surrender control. Only if addictive desire abates, may you confidently refrain from drinking.
Dependence is good; independence is bad. Groupers exist on a social and philosophical plane above others normies. The step program is divinely inspired, inerrant, and Bill W is a saint.
Code of the Beast I have presented the step program of Alcoholics Anonymous below, not for the purpose of derision, but entirely to provide informed consent to recovery group participation.Here is a history of older questions and answers processed by "Ask the Physicist!".
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I was trying to make sense of your assessment of the 12 steps. I definitely want nothing to do with the mark of the beast. My daughter is in recovery, and I know of others who attend daily AA and remain sober, however they do believe that if they did not attend that they would slip backwards.