The main problem with deciding that following the 12 Steps devised by Bill Wilson is not the best treatment for Alcoholism and may in fact be harmful is that the "Big Book" was meant by design to be a teaching tool of repetition, not intellect. Because of this the followers of this "brand" of Alcohol Addiction rehabilitation quickly resort to slogans and quotes from the "Big Book" in its defense and are resistant to any type of change.
The history and path of the slogan based defense has changed over the years and the worst culprit is the "Take what you want and leave the rest" slogan. It is devised as a "catch 22" type of slogan that the followers of Bill Wilson use very effectively. It is only used when it furthers the cause of the fellowship of AA and is considered wrong if it does not.
Examples of this are when the "Spiritual vs. Religious" debate is going on. You can leave anything you want, except you can't leave Bill Wilson or any of his steps or traditions behind or you aren't following a good program. Step 4 is,"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves" and the slogan of "you shouldn't take other peoples inventory" is often quickly dismissed by members of the fellowship to protect the words and teaching of Bill Wilson, which stifles research the comments of people questioning the fellowship.
It should be remembered that when people are talking about alternatives to the 12 Steps, they should be "looking at the similarities, not the differences." The similarities are that they are both ways to help with recovery from Alcoholism that work for different groups of people and it is known that "AA doesn't work for everyone." In the name of humanity and a solution to this problem it is unwise to stifle comments that are striving for a solution or taking other peoples inventory.
Tradition 3,"The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking" is a tradition that is often overlooked by people in the defense of the 12 Steps and it is ignored or used as a way to stifle the search for other treatments which work for some people.
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