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The most successful approach to alcoholism has been AA and the 12 step program. The 12 step program does appear similar to prescriptions from previous Christian moralist. Alcoholism disease.

Recognition of uncontrolled behavior (the slavery of sin as St. Paul writes)

Appeal to a higher power (pray)

Cultivation of the opposite behavior i.e abstinence (building a virtue of sobriety through habit)

All virtue begins with reason. People stop drinking not because they lost the taste for alcohol or no longer enjoy any pleasure but due to sufficient reason (my life’s a mess, I don’t want to lose my job, wife, family etc)

[quote=TCB]Our fallen human nature means that we wil have genetic dispositions to many moral failings. None of these findings means that alcoholism or any other moral disorder cannot be avoided or overcome through the will guided by the intellect with grace.

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After attending more than 5,000 AA meetings and talking one-on one-with dozens of newcomers for over 15 years, I can only tell you how much I could wish that were true. But our collective experience has been that the vast majority of us alkies are, in our own minds, either too smart, too moral or both to admit that we’re powerless over the the crazy idea that no matter what has happened to us in the past, we can safely handle just one or two drinks. If such a person is a true alcoholic, his moral ideals and confidence in his will power actually turn out to be his own worst enemies!

That is the absolutely baffling feature of alcoholism as we see it in the trenches of real life every day. The alcoholic who doesn’t “get the program” and fails to achieve lasting sobriety isn’t generally the one who is too dumb to understand it or too depraved to want it. Paradoxically, people like that are actually among our most promising prospects. But the fellow who fancies that his current religious beliefs and moral convictions will suffice once he has learned a few facts about alcoholism has a much poorer prognosis. That’s the reality we deal with, one day at a time.

it cannot be a disease, for it takes the introduction of a foreign substance to the body to start it. without the introduction of alcohol, you cannot be alcoholic.

Bill W. co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous admitted fully in a letter before he died that it was in no way a medical illness or disease, but a spiritual malady, for the ONLY cure is of a spiritual nature.

The only result of the 12 steps, is a spiritual awakening as stated in step 12. 'having had a spiritual awakening as THE result of these steps,…

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[quote=papist1]it cannot be a disease, for it takes the introduction of a foreign substance to the body to start it. without the introduction of alcohol, you cannot be alcoholic.

Maybe cherubino can speak more directly to this, but i would completely disagree. Alcoholics are not alcoholics simply when they’re swizzling booze. There is a whole lot more physiologically going on in there. At least this is what I have been told by person who’s alcoholism deeply affected my own life at one time.

I believe that all physical malady’s are rooted in a spiritual malady first.

Bill W. co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous admitted fully in a letter before he died that it was in no way a medical illness or disease, but a spiritual malady, for the ONLY cure is of a spiritual nature.

Again, maybe cherubino can speak to this, but as far as I know the big book says nothing about a cure and Bill W. didn’t write about cures. He wrote about dealing with alcoholism one day at a time.

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