Critical Look At 12-Step Programs

The Sober Truth book
Psychiatrists Dr. Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes (father and son) published a book offering critical look at 12-Step Programs in March 2014 called “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry,” citing 12-step programs fails to work for most people.  Dodes also cites work showing success rate of Alcoholics Anonymous is between 5 to 10 percent that if AA does’t work, the fault lies with the drinker



NY Times issued a rebuttal article titled “Taking Aim at 12-Step Programs” on May 5, 2014 calling this book “deeply flawed” about the nature and treatment of addiction.  This article merely points out the glaring deficiency of the author’s assertion that addiction can be treated with psychodynamic psychotherapy, which focuses on unconscious feelings and thoughts as well as the author’s dismissive attitude and misunderstanding about the role of neuroscience in addiction.


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