Marshall Poe

New Books in Drugs, Addiction and Recovery

Marshall Poe

  • Joe Miller, "US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism" (Chicago Review Press, 2019)

Joe Miller, "US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism" (Chicago Review Press, 2019)

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Discover the fascinating history of alcoholism treatment and the rise of Alcoholics Anonymous in the US. Learn how the Twelve Steps hijacked the science of alcoholism in this podcast episode on alcoholfree.com
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US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism - A Deep Dive into the History of Alcoholism Treatment

And then from the local level up to the state governments, to the federal level, to the point where we had federal legislation unanimously passed in The Late 60s that created The National Institute of- I always get the acronym a little bit mixed up- it's either alcohol and alcohol abuse, or the other way around, niaa.
In the aftermath of Prohibition, a group of scientists joined forces with members of a new organization, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and launched a campaign to convince America that alcoholism was a disease rather than a moral failing. This campaign gave birth to a multimillion-dollar treatment industry that actively promoted AA groups and the Twelve Steps as the primary way to deal with problem drinking.
In this episode of the New Books in Drugs, Addiction and Recovery podcast, host Marshall Poe talks to author Joe Miller about his book US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism (Chicago Review Press, 2019). Miller provides a comprehensive history of alcoholism treatment in the US, tracing the evolution of the disease model of alcoholism and the role of AA in shaping the treatment industry.
He discusses the controversy surrounding AA's spiritual component, the limitations of AA as a treatment method, and the impact of AA on popular culture. Miller also explores the future of alcoholism treatment and the need for a more comprehensive, evidence-based approach to addressing alcohol use disorders. If you're interested in the history of alcoholism treatment or the impact of AA on American culture, this podcast episode is a must-listen. Listen to it now here on alcoholfree.com.