Dr. Drew Pinsky explains why science backs up the “Addiction is a disease” theory on his mid-morning radio show “Dr. Drew Live“.
This is one of my favorite calls I’ve heard on the show.
As for A.A. being a Christian organization, there were some calls placed into the show since then that also talked about how, when in A.A., they are turned off by the whole religious aspect. The gist of his response to those valid concerns is that not all A.A. groups are quite as focused on the religious aspect so it’s helpful to keep looking for a group that suits you. However, if you can’t find one, the best thing for you to do is essentially replace the word God with Faith, because that’s really the focus; having faith in yourself, your abilities, and faith in a better life.
The 12-step program is an essential part in an addict’s recovery. It’s THE most proven method of staying clean. Anyone can get clean but it’s STAYING clean which is so hard for addicts & alcoholics. Without 12-step, the odds are really, really against you.