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AA has become so infused in our society that it is practically synonymous with addiction recovery. Yet the evidence shows that AA has only a 5-10 percent success rate - hardly better than no treatment at all. Despite this, doctors, employers, and judges regularly refer addicted people to treatment programs and rehab facilities based on the 12-step model.   

In The Sober Truth, acclaimed addiction specialist Dr. Lance Dodes exposes the deeply flawed science that the 12-step industry has used to support its programs. Dr. Dodes analyzes dozens of studies to reveal a startling pattern of errors, misjudgments, and biases. He also pores over the research to highlight the best peer-reviewed studies available and discovers that they reach a grim consensus on the program's overall success.   

But The Sober Truth is more than a book about addiction. It is also a book about science and how and why AA and rehab became so popular, despite the discouraging data. Dr. Dodes explores the entire story of AA's rise, from its origins in early fundamentalist religious and mystical beliefs to its present-day place of privilege in politics and media.

©2014 Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes (P)2019 Tantor

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"A searing critique of the rehab industry." -Psychotherapy Networker

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great book

Great informative book. Only complaint is I had to pull out the dictionary alot for some terms used.

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  • Gregory W Minton
  • 2019-05-06

A necessary read for those with genuine interest

After three years of success addressing personal addiction issues and intensive reading of most every source available, this book is at least within the top three most revealing of the problems and potential solutions to addiction.

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  • Vince mendola
  • 2021-05-04

this does not help anyone

a book about the obvious ways one can and has thrown stones at AA for decades

ill keep using it until science finds a better way

wish the resources used to publish and write this book were used to help finding better solution to addiction vs poking holes at the only solution we know that works if followed

vince mendola

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  • Mvc
  • 2021-05-19

Bashing only

Just a continual bashing of AA. Nothing but bashing of AA and no help otherwise. I rather have AA, than nothing; but, his step by step-not

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  • Sarah Couture
  • 2020-05-17

Absolutely True! Thanks for spelling it out

I love this book! It breaks down the frustratingly obvious problems with 12 step groups and rehabs in a logical way. It explains why they are highly ineffective for most people and also points out the harmful outcomes of using AA and NA as the gold standard for addiction treatment. Very good book :)