I heard an advertisement yet again on the television this morning. It grates on my nerves a little bit more each time I hear it.
He says: "This is not a twelve-step program. This works."
He says: "I know, I was a drug addict for ten years, and now I'm not."
I did a little bit of research on this joint, and they charge $67,000 + a month for their "cure." They frequently need a person to stay longer than a month. The owner of the place states in an interview that people frequently need to mortgage their houses and max out their credit cards, but then they are "cured." But he also states that 30 days of sobriety is a "cure." Interesting. No follow up, no meetings, no help after you are gone. You're just "cured."
I find it irritating because of the people who need help desperately and don't have $134,000. laying around the house and the ability to leave their lives for a month or two may actually believe that "twelve-step programs" don't work. That they either need to cough up this money or die. And our beautiful fellowship does not argue with them. We avoid controversy. We don't express opinions on outside issues.
So, since I am a member of AA, I shan't argue.
But I shall say:
Twelve-step programs do work.
Twelve-step meetings are full of people who are clean and sober (and 30 days is considered kind of new in our world - not cured).
Twelve-step meetings do not cost anything.
You can still keep your job and family and go to meetings and get the help you need.
Sobriety is good. Having a program and fellowship full of people is something I wouldn't miss for the world.
Thanks to the Grace of God.