BBC news “universities ‘need’ more Alcoholics Anonymous meetings”Watch
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I’m a bit dubious since AA has a deeply religious foundation rather than a science-based one, though emotional support is for the most part what addicts need anyway, so I imagine that it is probably quite helpful regardless.
My biggest concern is that it would be used as a proselytising tool, attempting to convert those who are the most emotionally vulnerable. It may not be a goal of the program, but certainly as an ex-religious person I know all too well the temptation to turn every social connection into missionary work.
I’m certainly not the first person to have concerns about Alcoholics Anonymous. Really, addiction support for students should be offered by the university rather than outside organisations. We need to change how we percieve addiction as a society though before we can efficiently solve problems like these. We too often punish people for having an addiction which makes them afraid to seek the help they need.