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Why There Is No Secular Substitute for Alcoholics Anonymous

The tools of reason, science, and common sense are not always accessible to an addict, and may harm him or her when they are.

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Aug. 14 2017
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Christopher Caldwell, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, is at work on a book about the rise and fall of the post-1960s political order.


Jeffrey Bloom, in “God, Religion, and America’s Addiction Crisis,” defends a religious approach to treating drug and other addicts, in particular the approach used in “twelve-step” programs patterned on the group Alcoholics Anonymous. Such programs have become a matter of considerable practical importance.

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