The Addiction Solution Podcast



Leaving the Cult of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – Part 2

by | Nov 21, 2018 | Audio/Video, The Addiction Solution Podcast

Is there any part of AA that is helpful?

In part 2 of the Leaving the Cult of AA series, Freedom Model authors Mark Scheeren and Michelle Dunbar often get asked if they found any part of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous helpful. From being a part of a fellowship, to prayer and meditation, to identifying character defects, making amends and service work, they break down each of the 12 steps to try and find something that might help people to stop their substance use and stay stopped.

If you haven’t heard part 1 of the series yet, you can check it out here.



  1. John K

    Anxiously awaiting part 3.



  2. J

    Been in AA for 3 years. Been questioning it since I was a kid and my mom was going and had similar experiences as you guys. This past year I was in a relationship with someone in AA. As he sponsored and spoke at many meetings, it turns out everything he was talking about and saying was all lies and a lure to prey on Young newcomer girls who were vulnerable. He was cheating and lying to me the whole time but yet reciting the big book by page number and pretending to be a guru. He is still welcome even everyone knowing he preys on newcomer women. I’m all set with a group of people that allow this kind of behavior or people into their circle. Fun fact, a lot of people are like this. I realized I was in a manipulative relationship and now realize I’ve been in a manipulative program. All set. Not a resentment but I want to leave what’s in the past, in the past. Not be reminded everyday of bad decisions I made years ago and beat myself up about it. I’m seeking alternative spiritual routes. I’m so glad I found this podcast! I’m so glad to find other people that agree and have already come to this conclusion so I don’t feel alone in this!

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