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The Resilience of Alcoholics Anonymous

By Bill White and Ernie Kurtz

Threats faced by AA, including the intensity and endurance of polemical assaults on AA, raise the question of how AA survived these challenges to become such a dominant cultural force. MORE  

AA Critic Lights Another Fire (includes new section)

By John Lavitt

Dr. Lance Dodes co-authored the latest book arguing why AA is not effective treatment for alcoholics. Lots of people are angry. MORE  

A Language of Empowerment

By John Lavitt

The New Recovery Advocacy Movement, operating outside the constraints of anonymous programs, aims to destigmatize addiction and convey a message of successful and sustainable long-term recovery to people across the country.  MORE  

Clean But Not So Serene

By Scarlett Fever

I traded the cop spot for Cheeze Doodles and loosies—until my choices became bleach, Drano or the roof.  MORE  

Ester Nicholson Talks "Soul Recovered"

By McCarton Ackerman

After her first decade of sobriety, Ester Nicholson found the 12 Steps had taken her as far as they could. Then she found a way to take those teachings even further. MORE  

Steps Not Hugs!

By Maddy Demberg

Working the actual program of AA is far more effective than the touchy-feely hugging-it-out program I worked for years. MORE  

CBT and the 12 Steps Have a Lot in Common

By Alexis Stein and Hunter R. Slaton

It turns out that cognitive-behavioral therapy and the 12 Steps share plenty of DNA. A therapist and a sober Fix staffer compare and contrast, one step at a time. MORE  

Happy Tax Day! Welcome to Debtors Anonymous

By Eliza Jackman

DA offers a spiritual solution to credit card debt, bankruptcy and a host of money problems. One woman recounts her financial ruin and subsequent navigation of the program. MORE  

Recovering Celebrities "Come Out" in New Film

By Sarah Beller

A bold new documentary, The Anonymous People, breaks the invisibility of addiction. MORE  

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