The Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Controversy
Blog post by: Alumni Relations Specialist
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded by Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson in an attempt to help other suffering alcoholics. They had found a plan, or program, of recovery that worked for them and they wanted to share this with others who were struggling with getting and staying sober. When others found this program they thought it would help with other addictions in their lives, and it did. But when those in AA tried to open their meetings to other subjects, they found they were unable to stay sober and their message for the alcoholic was diluted. A meeting for those suffering from drug addiction was introduced using the same principles set out for AA. Now there was a place, called Narcotics Anonymous (NA), for those who wanted to talk specifically about drugs that did not always include alcohol. Either way, it is the same principle of recovery and for this alcoholic, I don’t care which program you decide to attend, as long as you find a way to implement the 12 steps of recovery into your life and find the recovery from whatever your drug of choice is along with the fellowship of others like yourself. It works if you work it.