The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

Zachary Dodes


An exposé of Alcoholics nameless, 12-step courses, and the rehab industry—and how a failed addiction-treatment version got here to dominate America.
 
AA has turn into so infused in our society that it truly is virtually synonymous with dependancy restoration. but the facts exhibits that AA has just a 5–10 percentage luck rate—hardly higher than no therapy in any respect. regardless of this, medical professionals, employers, and judges frequently refer addicted humans to remedy courses and rehab amenities in keeping with the 12-step model.
 
In The Sober Truth, acclaimed habit professional Dr. Lance Dodes exposes the deeply unsuitable technology that the 12-step has used to aid its courses. Dr. Dodes analyzes dozens of reports to bare a startling development of mistakes, misjudgments, and biases. He additionally pores over the examine to spotlight the easiest peer-reviewed stories to be had and discovers that they achieve a grim consensus at the program’s total success.
 
But The Sober Truth is greater than a publication approximately dependancy. it's also a publication approximately technological know-how and the way and why AA and rehab turned so well known, regardless of the discouraging facts. Dr. Dodes explores the whole tale of AA’s upward thrust, from its origins in early fundamentalist non secular and mystical ideals to its present-day position of privilege in politics and media.
 
The Sober Truth contains actual tales from Dr. Dodes’s thirty-five years of scientific perform, in addition to firsthand debts submitted by way of addicts via an open invitation at the Psychology Today site. those tales vividly demonstrate the adventure of strolling the stairs and attending the various nation’s most renowned rehabilitation facilities.
 
The Sober Truth builds a robust reaction to the monopoly of the 12-step software and explodes the parable that those courses supply a suitable or common way to the deeply own challenge of dependancy. This book offers new and actionable info for addicts, their households, and clinical services, and lays out greater how one can comprehend dependancy for these looking a more suitable and compassionate method of this treatable problem. 

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