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.
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.