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Sunday, July 8, 2012

How AA fails to support young addicts

I was 20 when I attended my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

“Hi, I’m Chelsea, and I’m an addict,” I said, introducing myself to a group of mostly middle-aged men and women.

The room fell silent.

“No!” a discouraging voice bellowed from the back of the room. “This is a meeting for alcoholics!”

I didn’t understand. The staff at my inpatient treatment program had told me that newcomers were always welcome in AA. In fact, they said that if I wanted to get well, AA was the best place to go. I wouldn’t find the kind of sobriety in Narcotics Anonymous, the 12-step program for drug addicts, that I would in AA. > > > > Read More