Alcoholics Anonymous is not a selfish program. In essence, it is quite the opposite. Taken from THE PROFESSOR AND THE PARADOX page 341 of the second edition of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. I won't allow spam or backlinks to other sites, as I can't moderate where they're going.
It didn't do me any good, it's only useful for the room egos that have turned AA and the show into another ego trip. Participants were recruited from outpatient substance abuse treatments, community-based AA clubs, and through advertising. However, according to the 12-step ideology (AA, 200), we found that, on average, the first 12-step affiliates had significantly higher pathological narcissism than population samples without AUD or SUD. Anyone who has spent time in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or other recovery programs based on the Twelve Steps realizes that egocentrism and self-will overflow and are seen as the root cause of addiction.
Third, no study has controlled participants' previous AA histories and current involvement in formal treatment when investigating narcissism. For example, Reinert and colleagues (199) reported that low (n %3D 2) and tall (n %3D 1) AA members in AA practices did not differ in pathological narcissism, and concluded that prescribed AA practices were not related to reductions in pathological narcissism. I forgot to say that all the discussions and debates I have witnessed over the years at AA only made me feel more mentally ill, exhausted and very tired. AA's “uniqueness of purpose”, designed as much to protect Bill from fair accusations of taking pills as any imaginary threat of absorbing external elements (c.
Rarely, but unfortunately sometimes, I hear a newcomer say that his family or friends are really against his attendance at AA. Therefore, it is unclear how much of the variance in narcissism was attributable to the current involvement of AA and what part was explained by past AA or participation in current treatment. In the first of two studies, Reinert and colleagues (199) used a cross-sectional design and reported that the degree of participation in prescribed 12-step practices among 107 AA members was not related to NPI pathological narcissism scores. A strong statement made in the 12-step literature is that alcoholics are pathologically selfish and that working the 12 steps reduces this selfishness, which, in turn, leads to sustained abstinence from alcohol.
When you were struggling with substance use disorder or alcohol, you were probably the kind of selfish that most people think of when they hear the word. Most alcoholics or addicts will tell you that when they get to the door of recovery, they are selfish and egocentric, this was certainly the case for me.