I've been asked many times by an AA, "Why didn't you just leave?". This usually here on the OP and occurring after discussing some aspect of my personal involvement. I've long since learned that most questions by an AA aren't sincerely asked in order to understand, but actually just an attempt to place blame of a negative experience solely onto me.
Apparently being lied to and told that AA is the only way, and undergoing scare tactics such as, "you will die from your addiction if you leave", isn't good enough reasons to have stayed. I wonder, does someone like me that was regularly told the above, really deserve the negative reinforcement just because trolls think I was so stupid as to believe it? That’s quite odd actually, because so many of the same would claim that so-in-so that relapsed and died because they were stupid and didn’t listen.
The big lies by AA are common and occur so frequently that all honest members/former agree that the program has vast problems. Being that a substance addiction breaks people down, making them desperate, and the program features are so encompassing as to keep guru members committed, it's understandable to me that people generally have a strong possibility of feeling trapped there.
Because we all likely had other circumstances that led to our participation, what are some of the other reasons people "stayed" in AA despite so many negative features?
Although I wasn't sentenced to AA by the court I got pressure outside of AA to attend as well. Some by two hatters and some by normie people that like I was told, believed AA was the only way to get and stay sober.