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Posted by guadman on April 14, 2000 at 09:28:00:

In Reply to: A.A. posted by Charles on April 13, 2000 at 10:21:21:

Charles.
Yes, many people do.
There have even been successful lawsuits against required attendance at AA.
I think it may help you to know that according to AA's OWN STATISTICS, of the people that attend AA, 50% leave by the end of 30 days. And at the end of one year, only 5%, yes that's 5%, are still attending.
AA may well be a great place for you to be. It definitely CAN help people. There are non-smoking meetings you can attend for example. Do not ever let anyone there tell you it is the ONLY way though.
That is a outright lie.
Of people who had alcohol probs and get better, approx 70% quit on their own. In my case, in everything in my life, I needed a connection with people who had had similar problems. AA is ONE place where this can happen.
When you have been exposed to the AA rhetoric, it's scarey to realize, that that 5% figure given by AA itself (AA's 1989 membership survey), is the exact same figure as the percentage of people who recover from alcoholism spontaneously, eg. without any specific treatment.

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