Hi guys. I love the podcast, and I'm incredibly thankful to you all for devoting your time to it.
I would love to hear you all do a segment on addiction and recovery. I am a recovering alcoholic, and I am very often confronted by pseudoscience in the rooms of AA. While I am thankful to AA for being there when I needed someone, it is difficult to dispute the fact that the people in those rooms can give out some very bad advice, and that the information we receive from the "Big Book" of AA is outdated, poorly sourced, largely anecdotal, sexist, and of course, involves a religious aspect that many of us in the rooms are uncomfortable with. I would like AA to come into the 21st century with regard to addiction science, and I would like those in the rooms to start understanding the often co-morbid afflictions of mental illness, and the fact that medicine is often needed to treat these afflictions.
I don't want a big hate party against AA, because it really is helpful, even for an atheist skeptic like me. It's good therapy, even if you have to hold your nose sometimes to deal with the rampant pseudoscience. What I want is for people to better understand addiction. I personally want to understand it better, and understand recovery better.
I'm also curious about the programs out there that claim not to use the disease model of addiction, and claim to "cure" addiction. These fairly reek of pseudoscience, but I have seen very few refutations or denunciations of these folks. My personal experience is that I must abstain from alcohol in order to maintain sobriety, and that I will never be able to drink normally. I have heard claims, though, from people who say they were alcoholics, and can now drink normally. I wonder if there is any credence to these claims. I don't ever want to drink again, but I'm curious if that's even been shown to be possible.
So anyway, I would love to hear something about addiction, if you guys can swing it. Thanks again for the podcast!