The Problem is Two-Fold in Nature

Catholic Alcoholic

grand coteauPage 355 in the AA Big Book

The explanation that alcoholism was a disease of a two-fold nature, an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind, cleared up a number of puzzling questions for me.  The allergy we could do nothing about.  Somehow our bodies had reached the point where we could no longer absorb alcohol in our systems.  The why is not important; the fact is that one drink will set up a reaction in our systems that requires more, that one drink is too much and a hundred are not enough.

The obsession of the mind was a little harder to understand, and yet everyone has obsessions of various kinds.  The alcoholic has them to an exaggerated degree.  Over a period of time he has built up self-pity and resentments toward anyone or anything that interferes with his drinking.  Dishonest thinking, prejudice, ego, antagonism toward…

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2 thoughts on “The Problem is Two-Fold in Nature

  1. I am a Physician, versed in what AA is and is not. Addiction is not now or ever been a disease. You should read, “The Sober Truth, debunking the bad science behind 12 steps” by Dodes, due out in March. I have an advance copy and read it this weekend. Read “The truth about Addiction” by Stanton Peele, PhD, read “A choice Theory approach to drug and alcohol abuse” by Michael Rice and Reid Hester Phd, “what Works. Visit the St. Jude addiction website, at the bottom you will see “addiction is not a disease”. The public has been duped into believing that addiction is a disease. Recognize that the big book is a product of Sola Scriptura, visit http://www.dickb.com to see that and recognize that the 12 steps have less than a 5% success rate. It works for those it works for however when compared to tried and true methods that are better it really is no better than doing nothing.

  2. I am a Physician, versed in what AA is and is not. Addiction is not now or ever been a disease. You should read, “The Sober Truth, debunking the bad science behind 12 steps” by Dodes, due out in March. I have an advance copy and read it this weekend. Read “The truth about Addiction” by Stanton Peele, PhD, read “A choice Theory approach to drug and alcohol abuse” by Michael Rice and Reid Hester Phd, “what Works. Visit the St. Jude addiction website, at the bottom you will see “addiction is not a disease”. The public has been duped into believing that addiction is a disease. Recognize that the big book is a product of Sola Scriptura, visit http://www.dickb.com to see that and recognize that the 12 steps have less than a 5% success rate. It works for those it works for however when compared to tried and true methods that are better it really is no better than doing nothing.

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