Project MATCH, which stands for Matching Alcoholism Treatments to Client Heterogeneity, is the largest and most expensive ($27 million) multi-site clinical trial of different forms of rehab treatment to date. The idea of the study was to determine the effectiveness of matching specific forms of treatment to the individual characteristics of the patients. Three forms of treatment were studied: Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). The finding of the study showed a positive result for all three groups, including TSF. Here is the original press release from the NIH. So, the study validated the hypothesis, and all was right with the world for those advocates of AA and the 12-Step approach.
I recently read an article on someone’s website – please forgive me for not citing, but I can’t remember on whose site I found the piece; if it’s yours (or if you know whose it is), please let me know so that I can credit and link properly – about the Seven Deadly Sins and A.A. I wish I could remember where I found it, so that I could refer back to it, because I’ve been turning it over in my mind since I read it.
The gist of this article is that the Seven Deadly Sins – as an outdated, religious, aphoristic construct – has no place in an addictions recovery program. It is the foundation for the the fearless moral inventory in A.A.’s Step 4 work, rooting out character defects and evoking shame for emotions that are not only natural, but essential to our survival as a species. Like lust? (Holyhell, I listened to a religious A.A. radio show last week where the pastor told a story about how some porn popped up in a window, while he was innocently doing motorcycle business on ebay, and he couldn’t get the lewd image out of his mind, so he asked his wife to pray for him – to make God help him stop thinking about it. Hallelujah!) Anyway, the article is the inspiration for this rant. Continue reading Anger