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Stanton,

I read Love and Addiction within a month of its publication. Subsequently, I required it for all my psychology classes at Temple University. You were way ahead of your time. I write because I caught up with some of your recent and detailed comments on AA. I realize that these ideas are not new and that you have been preaching them for a long time. My concern is the blanket, over generalized criticism of a program that does a lot of good for a lot of people. Personally, I have been in both AA and GA for over 25 years. Never felt the dogmatism, religious references, my way or the highway thinking. It's been strictly take what you want and leave the rest. What I fear is that your articulate, well-earned reputation will discourage people who need a 12 step program from giving it a try.

Wayne Johnson, Ph.D.
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Thanks for buying L&A, Wayne!

I assure you that my keeping a few people out of AA (mainly causing some to leave) doesn't even register against the multitudes who are coerced into it by any number of routes, including the courts, EAPs, professional organizations and licensing boards, social pressure, well-meaning family and friends, and misinformation or lack of contrary data.

By the way, I estimate for every person helped by AA, there are ten who are hurt by it, up to and including dying, like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams.
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I was coerced into AA via Broward County's Drug Court (Despite having just successfully done 6 months of Inpatient Rehab and NOT having any problems with alcohol.) Now that I'm in a spot where I'm long done with Drug Court and while going to N.A. voluntarily is appealing to me, at least for the Fellowship part of it, it still has the feel of just being Punitive. As in: I'm a bad drug addict, therefore I should punish myself with a 12 Step Meeting. This is what Coercion and the legal system has done to mess up my perception. 
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Don't we all have addictions? Does that mean we're diseased?
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And are we simply barking up the wrong tree in response to our current failures?
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http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/love-and-addiction-part-ii-amy-winehouse/
Amy Winehouse was addicted to love. But she should have been addicted to music.
Though Amy Winehouse drank herself to death, the alcohol was not her primary addiction. Amy's lyrics make it clear that the troubled singer was, in fact, a love addict.
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Based on interview with me -- even though I haven't lived in Jersey for five years.
Chris Christie's insistence on creating a nationwide system of drug courts gives him more in common with nanny-state Democrats and than states'-rights Republicans, as does his assertion that addiction is a disease
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How Science, the journal, held up harm reduction for decades.

http://www.thefix.com/content/alcoholism-paper-%E2%80%9Cproved%E2%80%9D-harm-reduction-was-wrong

Where the 12-step thing has the most to own up to is its role in impeding harm reduction interventions to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS. Why was it that Australia and England and the Netherlands were able to stop the spread, and keep the number for injecting drug users under 5-10%, and the U.S. was not? It's that notion that abstinence is the only permissible approach, that we are not going to "enable" a junkie by giving him a clean needle. There has to be a kind of owning up to that role in hundreds of thousands of people dying unnecessarily.
A 1982 study published in Science is an affront to science and the addiction field.
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"Access Denied. You are not authorized to access this page" Strange. 
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http://www.thefix.com/content/addiction-american-apple-pie
So, to borrow some phrases from literature: Addiction, where is thy sting? (William Shakespeare) Never send to know who is addicted; it is you. (John Donne)
And that old classic: Addiction is as American as apple pie. (H. Rap Brown)
When does something veer off from being normal and accepted to being called addictive? The answer isn’t in our neurosystems.
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