For those of you interested in what real (as in rational, as in non ‘faith-based) scientists, MD’s, & psychotherapeutic professionals are up to in the alcohol/drug dependency field check out:
“Much of what we thought we knew about alcoholism was based on middle-aged people, primarily white men in treatment programs and Alcoholics Anonymous, but the NESARC data are turning what we thought we knew about alcoholism completely on its head,” Mark L. Willenbring, MD, director of the division of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The tired, completely erroneous stepper dodge about alcoholism being some impenetrable, eternal ‘mystery‘ solved only by AA & 12X12 practice is slowly but surely being done away with.
And none too soon in my [humble] opinion.
Some extracurricular reading for those of you so inclined: