What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

ISBN : 9780190276560

Marc Galanter
280 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
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Alcoholics Anonymous has two million members worldwide; yet this fellowship remains a mystery to most people, and is even viewed by some as a cult or a religion. Written by an award-winning psychiatrist and educator in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse, What Is Alcoholics Anonymous? provides the most in-depth overview to date of this popular and established yet poorly understood recovery movement. Author Dr. Marc Galanter integrates findings from the latest research in psychology, cultural history, and clinical science with a diverse range of first-person experiences with AA. The result is a thorough, objective, and accessible investigation into what AA is, how it works, and how the organization might be considered and used by both healthcare professionals and anyone affected by pursuit of recovery.


Part I. AA in the Public Arena
1. Its Origin and Evolution
2. Controversies:
What about the God Concept?
Does AA Overpromise?
Is Addiction a Disease?
3. How I got involved

Part II. The AA Experience
4. Engagement
5. The Steps
6. Sponsorship
7. Spiritual Awakening
8. Further Involvement

Part III. AA in the Setting of Addiction Treatment
9. Its Place in Medicine
10. The Rehabs
11. How it Changes the Brain
12. AA's Effectiveness
13. Other Options


About the author: 

Marc Galanter is a Professor of Psychiatry at NYU, Founding Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, a Senior Editor of the Journal Substance Abuse, and co-editor of the American Psychiatric Association's Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment. He has written three books, Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion, Network Therapy for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Spirituality and the Healthy Mind, and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles.

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