What is Deprogramming?
Exercising and re-training the mind with the intention of abandoning or relieving ones self from rigid beliefs and controlled thought that were developed from outside sources.
Why Deprogram From AA?
The main theme in AA and NA is admitting powerlessness and developing a pattern of thinking that is adverse to self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is critical in the perception of self in regards to the ability of changing and becoming self-reliant and competent. These character traits are instrumental in developing the capability of achieving and maintaining sobriety. There are dozens more attributes of AA thought that can be negative and are paradoxical to basic/standard psychology.
Why does AA teach negative thought control?
The shocking truth is thatAA is NOT a recovery group or treatment program for alcoholism. The actual objective of AA is to bring alcoholics under God control, or AA control. Only one of the infamous 12 steps concerns drinking. The rest are dogmatic rituals and merely a process of indoctrination into a cultish religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous text unequivocally states:
“Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us”. ~ p. 77
How Did This Happen?
AA was founded by two alcoholic members of an early 20th Century Evangelical Christian Cult called The Oxford Group. The 12 steps were developed and based upon "principles" of this religion that taught parishioners that they were sinful and in need of a religious transformation. The O.G.'s mission was to bring members under their control by offering them God's Miracles in exchange of a process in which they surrendered their lives and confessed their sins and weaknesses to the group.
Bill Wilson, co-founder of AA, believed that his success with quitting drinking was a result of a miraculous religious experience after participating in exercises he learned from the O.G. He confessed his sins, prayed, and actually demanded that God relieve him of his alcohol obsession. Bill W. believed (or likely pretended to believe)that any alcoholic would become absolved and experience the miracle of sobriety if they followed this ritual. This is the foundation of the 12 steps:
"Early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgement of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Groups and directly from Sam Shoemaker, their former leader in America, and nowhere else." ~Alcoholics Anonymous Comes Of Age, p. 39.
The steps have virtually been unchanged since their inception in 1939. Unless one believes that God or another Higher Power has removed their compulsion to drink, the 12 steps are contradictory messages that can have a negative affect. They often hinder the recovery process causing depression, anxiety, and bring upon feelings of low self worth and self esteem. These negative feelings and thoughts come from repetive slogans during meetings, harmful quotes repeated from the reading material, and from the intrusion of members (likely a sponsor or guru that has been brainwashed themselves).
Presentation at Survivors of Institutional Abuse Convention (more information on deprogramming)