Albert Ellis wrote the book: "Why AA Doesn't Work: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol" (1992)
"If a disease caused your poor behavior in the past, why would a disease decide to stop doing so now? Well, because now, knowing that I have a disease, I can take responsibility for my own behavior from here on out. Or, I first have to admit I am powerless over my disease and that gives me the power to take responsibility & control it now. These arguments seem illogical to many people. What kind of disease could make you drink until you find out you have it, and then if only you accept your powerlessness & higher power, will let you take responsibility & control? What disease knows that you have now made a pact with a higher power & that it had damned well better surrender its power to make you powerless and submit to you & the higher power? The answer is that this is a "special disease" made up for the occasion and useful in reducing self-blame. In 1935, when AA adopted the idea, it was distinctly better than the idea that heavy drinkers were morally defective."
massive's comment was perfect, but she can speak for herself. Great show BTW. ;)