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We really need more flexibility of thought in the idea of recovery, not only on a personal level, but on the professional level and also national discussion. Right now "one size fits all" dominates and it's proponents are still attempting to make it unquestionable. People need choices. In order to be able to make choices, people need to be informed they are actually available and permitted.
I'm inclined to think of the one size fits all program seemingly offered by AA and other 12 step programs to be a natural result of the corporate/McCarthy culture that arose in the US after World War One. America, not as the melting pot, but rather America as the place where everyone learns to eat white bread and get on their knees and pray for recovery to the same smirking God that sold the first drink. Madison Avenue will offer you recovery opportunities with the same hand that it offers you a cocktail.
If this sounds angry, then that's probably an accurate sound. AA poses as a recovery program, but it's really more of a religious cult; it's more important to "believe" the program than it is to actually get sober.
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Peg O'Connor, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
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