How does AA work?

Does AA actually teach tools to help you stop drinking, or just tell you to surrender to a higher power and "let go and let God"?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Among the mental health professions, of which a CDAC is an addiction counselor license, AA is not our first recommendation. There are religious undertones which may or may not be in line with the patient's beliefs. But moreover, there is no evidence based therapeutic intervention involved, per se. What it provides in mindfulness and support, which can go a long way to reducing relapse. Ideally, you would receive therapy to address the issues that made you drink in the first place. Not just provide a lifelong nanny to shake her finger at you when you're about to do a bad thing.

  • 8 months ago

    AA is one of the 12-Step programs, so yes it is a teaching program. There was a very elaborate study called Project MATCH. It found that the 3 main treatment programs - AA, CBT, and motivation enhancement counseling - are all good and equally good. If you want good information, a good source is They have a program based on the standard counseling methods.  Also, I suggest talking with your doctor, because withdrawal is a medical problem that can be treated with medicine.

  • 8 months ago

    AA in my area is full of snobs and know-it-alls.... there is one meeting which is decent, it's mostly young people.

  • Evelyn
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    It actually works about as well as quitting without any help.

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