Mom is Joining AA
This is "kind of" news to me, in that my little sister saw it coming a mile away, but we were only actually informed about it recently (today, for me).
My mom's side of the family has a history of terrible alcoholism. I don't think I'm in any danger of developing an addiciton, because even small sips of alcohol make me nauseous almost immediately (and consistent nausea is a great way to turn you off of something), but it has apparently become a problem for my mom. She thought about entering a rehab program, but ended up deciding against it due to certain financial and family situations. So she decided to join AA instead.
So today I get a phone call from her. She tells me that she has a drinking problem and that she's trying to get some help for it. She tells me she's in the twelve step program, the first of which is apparently admitting that she's powerless to fight the alcoholism.
Call me crazy, but that sounds like the last thing you want to do when fighting an additon.
Now my mom is technically an atheist in that she doesn't believe in anything you'd call a god, but she would also hate to be called an atheist. She is fairly spiritual and believes in some type of persistance after death (though when I last asked her about it, she was unable to describe what this persistance was supposed to be like). She seems comfortable with a more nebulous form of higher power like "positive energy," but the way she talked about the steps made it sound like she'd had some annoyance with the religious aspect of AA.
Anyway, I spent an hour or so poking around on the internet, and I can't find anything that actually indicates that this program works. And now I'm tempted to contact my mom and be like "Yo, I don't think you're powerless. I think you can totally kick this addiction's ass. Go for it," so something of similar effect. But I'm not sure whether that would be helpful or harmful or what.
Questions for Theists:
I'm a bit of a lurker. Every now and then I will come out of my cave with a flurry of activity. Then the Ph.D. program calls and I must fall back to the shadows.