Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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In my experience in the 25 years since I've been sober, the two ingredients most crucial in recovery from addiction are, first, a therapeutic people connection and, second, experiences that alter the brain chemistry (especially the stimulation of dopamine) without having to use alcohol or other drugs. That AA offers a ready supply of both of these ingredients is largely responsible for its effectiveness. Helping "the still suffering alcoholic" is a big part of that.
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