Does Anyone Else See a Common Personality Profile in AA?

Question by abnjim5: Does anyone else see a common personality profile in AA?
I have been researching self-help groups and find a common psychological profile with Alcoholic Anonymous members. Among the many characteristics that I have discovered is a strong desire to seek assistance outside their bodies (brain) with their addiction to alcohol. Most will speak of a god or a spirit that is responsible for their “recovery” form drugs like alcohol. The use of self-will or using positive cognitive energy is discouraged. This finding of entities outside the body contradicts personal problem solving as I know it because to unlearn a behaviour (they say disease) one must go to the source of addictions which is in the body. I am puzzled, can anyone help me understand this AA process?

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Answer by saluki, from little egypt
Yeah…we’re all prone to addiction. Go figure…

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2 Responses to Does Anyone Else See a Common Personality Profile in AA?

  • chuckles says:

    Yup, the addictive personality trait. They usually trade in their drinking for some other thing to become addicted to – even if it’s coffee or going to meetings. Some start gambling or watching a lot of TV or movies, anything can be addicting.

    AA believes that God or one’s Higher Power helps them to kick the habit.

    Most of the people I know who tried AA switched to private therapy – they found it more helpful and less time consuming.

  • LovelyLinda says:

    Absolutely!

    Alcoholism is only a symptom of deeper troubles.

    The AA “group” becomes the outside assistance they seek. This is because the group has been in the alcoholic’s shoes and can understand him like no other.

    The 12 steps of AA include exactly what you are saying….that they THOROUGHLY search their past for wrong-doings, reasons for drinking and make direct amends to each person they have harmed.

    So, in un-learning their behaviour, it’s two-fold.
    They have to stop the drinking first.
    They have to make amends to those they’ve hurt….while still not drinking, among other ‘suggestions’ in order to remain sober.

    This leads to the ‘higher power’ thing that most AAs will tell you about. Suddenly, after working the 12 steps, you find you aren’t drinking… or thinking like you used to. It’s a complete 180 change.

    So in answer to your question…AA’s do, in fact, reach into their brains ….deeply….in order to overcome their addiction.

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