Originally Posted by Stuckey
but I can appreciate the appeal and effectiveness of this cult
AA is indeed a cult as are all "12-step" programs, it only works because they are brainwashing you.
The first thing they brainwash you into is believing that you on your own are powerless to do anything about your addiction. That is the biggest lie of the 12-step program.
If you want to stop drinking you have to commit to doing that on your own. Otherwise you will always just be an "alcoholic" who is one drink away from a total relapse.
Don't let them steal your power.