Alcoholics Anonymous Is Not The Answer

By March 31, 2021 No Comments
Alcoholics Anonymous Is Not The Answer

Although there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have only experienced the “tip of the iceberg” of its long-term effects. 2020 mounted more stress on many people than they were ready for. Stay-at-home orders, school and work going remote, feeling stuck at home with too many people or with no one at all, anxiety about health, civil unrest, and natural disasters are some of the culprits. As a result, March of 2020 saw an increase in alcohol sales of 54% compared to the previous year.

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Widely Known but Ineffective

Interest in alcoholism treatment is sharply rising now that much of the country is normalizing. Alcoholics Anonymous has been among the top searched methods of treatment for alcohol abuse. Its long history makes it widely known. However, AA’s history is a story about how one approach to treatment took root before other options existed. Because it was among the first well-known alcoholism treatments, Alcoholics Anonymous has unfortunately crowded out other more effective and scientifically proven treatment methods.

The nature of the AA program makes it difficult to find documentation of the people in the program or its overall success that can be verified by independent studies. This has likely helped Alcoholics Anonymous stay relevant for longer than it should have. The reality is that addiction specialists cite that the average success rate of the AA program is likely between 8% and 12%. Although Alcoholics Anonymous has been a widely accepted program, most people suffering from alcoholism will need to explore more proven treatment methods that can support long-term recovery.

Schick Shadel Hospital’s Proven Success Treating Alcoholism

Schick Shadel Hospital has treated over 88,000 people for addiction since 1935. It has the highest success treatment for long-term sobriety in the U.S. An independent study conducted by the University of Washington found that 69% of patients are still sober one year after treatment. Schick Shadel Hospital’s 10-day treatment plan has a proven track record of helping patients safely detox and achieve long term sobriety. It uses a scientific treatment that is supported by medical staff throughout detox and treatment. This level of care is not provided in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. However, it is imperative for alcohol withdrawal management and recovery.

Schick Shadel Hospital’s unique aversion therapy treatment treats the root of addiction – cravings. By eliminating the cravings for alcohol or other substances, patients have a significantly higher chance of long-term success than the Alcoholics Anonymous program can offer. If you or a loved one needs to get serious about addiction treatment for alcohol or other substances, call 1-800-CRAVING or CLICK HERE to learn more.


Pollard, M., Tucker, J., & Green, H. (2020). Changes in Adult Alcohol Use and Consequences During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Network Open3(9), e2022942. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.22942

Glaser, G. (2015). The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous. Retrieved 26 March 2021, from

Alcohol Rehabilitation – How Alcoholics Anonymous or AA Works?. (2021). Retrieved 26 March 2021, from

Elkins, R., Richards, T., Nielsen, R., Repass, R., Stahlbrandt, H., & Hoffman, H. (2017). The Neurobiological Mechanism of Chemical Aversion (Emetic) Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder: An fMRI Study. Frontiers In Behavioral Neuroscience11. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00182

Call Now
Committed to Safety: Latest Information on COVID-19 PrecautionsREAD NOW