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The ubiquity of AA is counterproductive to recovery in America and even addiction research IMO. It's incredibly ineffective for most and the general attitude of members has absolutely led to deaths for a variety of reasons including its reliance on God, amateur medical advice from drunks and the basic belief that one can't get better until after rock bottom. The common wisdom in the US that AA can help your loved ones is naive and dangerous. That most treatment facilities here rely on 12 Step is evidence of AA preventing progress on the subject.