Criticism of AA

A new book, Unbroken Brain, by Maia Szalavitz contains criticism of AA.  Nothing wrong with that except in this case as with other critics of AA the author assumes AA is received in the same way by all who belong to AA.  I know that not to be true. The author of this book is critical especially of prayer as a means of treating addiction.  I would too if prayer is viewed as a singular activity.  It isn’t.  I pray not for intervention by some other worldly entity but as goal setting for myself.  If I desire something then I must ask myself what do I need to do to  make that goal a reality.  So prayer for me and others in and out of AA is different than the stereotypical prayer of godly intervention.

This author falls into the trap that her experience is the only valid one.

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