So far as history goes, there are plenty of success stories on all sides to go around. Claims of any exclusive efficacy are completely unfounded. How does Marty N's 22+ years of sobriety with no 12-Step attendance sound? How does David D's 33+ years of sobriety using both AA and other approaches sound?
No one is being asked to give up 12-Step, at all. AA and NA and all of the 12-Step organizations are very fine institutions that should receive much credit for the work they do.
If you read the story and pay attention this is about people being allowed to choose the path to sobriety that fits their view instead of a single path mandated or coerced by government.
The statement that, "all references to 12 Step have been removed," is incorrect. The newly revised Participant's Guide to Drug Court says, "regular attendance at group self-help meetings such as a12 Step program or other alternative programs." Alternatives are not listed anywhere in County literature and are not mentioned specifically in this document. 12 Step
"Guillén likens the choices in Sonoma County to a cafeteria menu, where defendants are encouraged to choose their mode of self-help." There are zero options listed anywhere in county literature.
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