Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure?

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This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the ...
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Overview


This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the treatment industry, and AA's remarkable influence in the media.
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Bufe ( The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations , See Sharp Pr., 1988) scrutinizes Alcoholics Anonymous, delving into the organization's origins and development. Tracing its roots to the Oxford Group movement, which was a revival of the Church of England begun in 1833, he demonstrates how major tenets of AA are derived from Oxford Group principles. He includes colorful details concerning organization founders. In critiquing the 12 steps, which are the heart of the AA recovery program, he leans heavily on the work of psychologist Albert Ellis. Bufe considers the AA religio-spiritual emphasis anathema. He also objects to AA's espousal of individual culpability for alcoholism, which does not acknowledge socioeconomic influences. His conclusion is that AA is a quasi-cult, devoid of harmful excesses but demanding strict adherence from its membership. Despite his purported objectivity, his secular bias is very much in evidence. The appendix includes descriptions of secular-based alcoholic recovery programs, and also a secular version of the 12 steps.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884365126
  • Publisher: See Sharp Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 861,636
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Bufe is coauthor of Resisting 12-Step Coercion and author of The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations and An Understandable Guide to Music Theory.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Preface to First Edition 3
Preface to Second Edition 5
1 A Typical AA Meeting 11
2 The Oxford Group Movement: The Forerunner of AA 14
3 A Brief History of AA 33
4 The Oxford Groups & AA: Similarities & Differences 57
5 The 12 Steps 64
6 The 12 Traditions 77
7 How Effective is AA? 86
8 AA's Influence on Society 105
9 Is AA a Cult? (preliminary considerations) 129
10 Is AA a Cult? (conclusions) 142
11 The Future of AA 158
App. A Secular Self-Help Groups 168
App. B AA & the Law 186
Afterword 190
Bibliography 194
Index 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Horrible

    To be a cult a group must follow a man before God. AA puts the Higher Power first.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Wow

    Really? Who spends all their time writing a full book on the ineffectiveness of AA. How usless, anyone who says AA doesnt work simply hasnt done any of the steps with a good sponsor. Dont waste your time with someones opinions of AA. Its worked for millions of peope and it saves lives so why try to stop people from trying it. Instead of wasting time killing people wy dont you try saving lives yourself

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Anything to sell a book

    I know many lives who have been saved by following the steps getting a sponsor and keep coming back . This book is just one opinion not one I support...

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    It is a cult

    Yep, if you look up the definition of cult, you will find that AA fits the bill. However, a cult that practices love and tolerance and above all telling the truth is my kinda cult. Here's the deal, if you dont follow the steps it doesnt work, duh. I can invent a peanutbutter and jelly donut diet that will help you lose weight but if you dont follow it, you'll get fat again.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    This book is laughable at best.  False claims and poor use of st

    This book is laughable at best.  False claims and poor use of stats.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Wow

    If you haven't read the book, then please don' t write a review.

    A.A. does have some characteristics of a cult. And while A . A. has been successful some of the time, there are some alcoholics who do not recover in a 12 step program.

    This book has research and stats to back up its' conclusions. It offers hope to people who have not found A.A. to be the welcoming fortress that others have found.

    Kudos to the author for the willingness to go against the grain. We need and deserve alternates to 12 step recovery.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    It seems most of the reviews for this book are more interested i

    It seems most of the reviews for this book are more interested in defaming the author and his work a' priori. They are defending a position they already hold rather than reviewing any content of the book. I think without any un-biased reviews you'll just have to make your own call after reading it yourself.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    ?

    It has saved my life!!!!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Not sure why those who gave this a 5 star review assume all the

    Not sure why those who gave this a 5 star review assume all the low star posts have not read the book. It could also be that after reading the book they just didn't agree with the book and felt it was biased toward putting down the 12 step concept.

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    Posted July 25, 2011

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