Ask Katie: AA Is Helping Me, But Should I Listen to Its Critics?

I’m new to the rooms but they’ve been helping me more than anything else I’ve ever tried. But I keep coming across these critiques of AA—that women get attacked there; that the science is all wrong; that the program only works for a tiny fraction of people who go to meetings. Two of the criticsLance Dodes and Gabrielle Glaserget a lot of attention in particular. I’m just wondering why the positive results I’ve been getting over the past three months have to be made so negative.

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Katie MacBride is a freelance journalist, essayist, and co-founder/associate editor of Anxy magazine. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Vice, Playboy, and Buzzfeed, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @msmacb

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