This is what they tell you when your totally broken, naive, and scared walking through the doors into 90% of treatment centers in North America: the counsellor says “I want you to be just like me so you need to DO THIS or its Jails, Institutions or Death” and the scariest part about this is… you REALLY start to believe it and when you do? That’s when you’re in real trouble as you become “IT” as it manifests and manifests into your thinking and when you do have a set back… it can become deadly from what gets downloaded into your brain. The book and the majority of this fellowship, programs your brain into thinking the worst if you do slip up and you actually become your thoughts and instead of thinking positive? You live in constant fear and negativity and even if you can stay 100% abstinent you become so scared to relapse that you start to go crazy. The anxiety, fear, and depression until you can connect to that power greater than your self is rarely accomplished in TIME or ever for that fact especially if you don’t believe in GOD hence the major problems and unsatisfactory success rates of these recovery and addiction facilities in conjunction with this specific program… 75 years ago… maybe.
Although 12 step programs have had some success (less than 10%) new treatment possibilities are here and more is on the way with modern trauma educated counsellors and therapists that can and will provide you with more options than the 1 size fits all option, the take it or die option… Of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.