Websites are springing up all over the web exposing the dangerous side of Alcoholics Anonymous, the side not seen by the general population because of the "Anonymity" of AA members and the secret nature of their rituals. One such website is: http://bereanresearch.com/ and they have an active link to Amazon for the books Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? by Charles Bufe, Stanton Peele and Twelve Steps to Destruction: Codependency/Recovery Heresies by Martin Bobgan. The support of this site is growing and the mission statements are quite revealing.
Providing critical thinking for analyzing 12 step alcohol and drug addiction treatment procedures when compared to traditional religious cults. Recommended alternative recovery rehab programs and procedures are listed, and an extensive personal Christian testimony is also documented.
Treatment for addiction is classified by many as nothing more than psychotherapy; and in this case psychotherapy is a systematical attempt to change an addicts’ values, ambitions, principles and behaviors. Thus, treatment strays away from being purely medical therapy, but to a methodical avenue of moral and religious indoctrination. It is worthy to note that the most established and accepted form of addiction treatments are the numerous 12-Step recovery programs—splinter groups of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
It is the religious angle of these 12 Step programs that has stirred so much controversy in past years, thus causing tension between their adherents and those opposed to their traditions to the point of labeling them a cult. It is the purpose of this website not to be as outwardly blatant with such an accusation, but to analyze the facts through thorough research. In gist, the findings of the Berean Research Ministry (BRM) is an intermediate position, and is documented on this site.