The Sober Truth
Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-step Programs and the Rehab IndustryBook - 2014
Alcoholics Anonymous 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% 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. Addiction specialist Dr. Lance Dodes exposes the flawed science that the 12-step industry has used to support its programs. Dr. Dodes analyzes dozens of studies to reveal a 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 this 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. The account 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 Psychology Today website.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 
Characteristics: ix, 179 pages ; 24 cm