Undrunk: A Skeptics Guide to AA

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Hazelden Publishing, Jul 22, 2009 - Self-Help - 216 pages
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In this unprecedented book, A. J. Adams uses self-deprecating humor, entertaining anecdotes, and frank descriptions to introduce anyone who "just doesn't get" Alcoholics Anonymous to the complete "Undrunk" lifestyle.

My eyes wandered around the room, taking in the strange collection of humanity seeking to claim me as a fellow sufferer. If variety is the spice of life, this crowd was the jambalaya of affliction.

Beginning with the story of his first AA meeting, he takes the mystery out what goes on behind closed doors, dispelling misconceptions of AA as cultlike, secretive, campy, or lowbrow. He then presents a user-friendly history and introduction to AA, explaining the Steps, Traditions, terms, and sayings--all punctuated by honest, often hilarious descriptions of his own struggles and eventual transformation to "getting" the program.

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I absolutely loved this book.I read it very early in my recovery and wished it was "AA" sanctioned. Every new comer should be given the opportunity to read it. As it was published at the end of his first year in 2009,I would love to be able to know how he is now. highly recommend

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To the promoters of AA & the 12-Step approach I offer a few simple challenges:
1.)Show me any article published in a PEER-REVIEWED journal that supports the disease theory of "alcoholism
". Anecdotal material does not count.
2.)Show me any RANDOMIZED, CONTROLLED, LONGITUDENTIAL STUDY showing the effectiveness of AA.
3. Out of each 1000 newcomers to A.A., how many of them will pick up a ten-year coin for sobriety?
4.) How about the 11-year coin? What percentage of the newcomers go on to get an 11-year coin?
5.) How many success stories are there really, out of each 1000 newcomers to A.A.?
6.) How well does Alcoholics Anonymous really work?
Still skeptical,
MBF
 

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About the author (2009)

A. J. Adams is a professional writer and a member of AA. In keeping with the 11th Tradition, the author has chosen to use a pseudonym in place of his real name.

Adams lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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