Custom Search



Even though Alcoholics Anonymous introduced the Disease Model to the world, it never quite shook the moral approach to alcoholic behavior that prevailed before. In Steps 4 & 5 of the AA program, it is suggested that the recovering alcoholic create a "moral inventory" and admit, "to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."

Then, in Step 6, the alcoholic is advised to become ready to have God "remove all these defects of character". The idea that alcoholic behavior is caused by "defects of character" is not universally accepted.

While most recovery programs emphasize honest self-examination as an important part of the recovery process, not all of those would characterize the undesirable attitudes and behaviors that might be uncovered by such examination as "character defects". To many, in fact, the belief that one has a character defect is itself a delusion which has to be gotten over before one can lead an emotionally healthy and fully responsible life.

Custom Search