When I first went to AA in 1975 I was 18 years old. I didn’t hear them calling it a disease. They said it was a spiritual malady. That sounded made up to me. Young…I was ..but not stupid. Lonely but not an idiot. Vulnerable gullible, and naive…my point. It was later in the 80’s when I began to hear this phrase thrown around. Rehab began its huge churning machine of forced AA members to a 1935 unchanged religious, cultish modality of brainwashing, ego smashing, self deprecating practices, tearing families apart, putting AA service work even before our own families.
I think that some of the issues I raise in the film are just as important in American and UK Culture as the Sexual predatory problems and Court ordering of violent offenders.
The idea that the religious factor will fix Substance Use Disorders -SUD…type of talk, the “oh its a disease ” kind of cop out…is bizarre to me now.
Some one in the audience at the Q & A asked me if I was saying basically, that besides the predators that the 12 steps weren’t good….I said….
We don’t BLOOD LET any more do we? EVEN at the young age of 22, when I was 4 years sober began to look at those steps and see they were kinda bogas. and …also not helpful for mental health or more importantly child abuse issues that arise after one no longer imbibes. They could also be harmful if you are young, like I was a still developing a sense of self and who I was and if you have low self esteem , like I did. I think that this is why many young people who are using heroin are killing themselves. They go to AA, they are forced to go….unlike silly me who went into a meeting willingly, thinking it was a fellowship, not a cult….new age BS ….and they are told they are broken for life and have to go there for life…Its very upsetting to me.
One of the more recent is saying that people who were gay had a disease . This was in the 1950’s.