Alcoholics Anonymous and the Deflation of the Ego by Dr. Bob Weathers

Alcoholics Anonymous and the Deflation of the Ego by Dr. Bob Weathers

Integrates the presenter’s personal visit to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with the core philosophy of treatment within the 12-step program; namely, that the underlying source of all addictive behaviors is identification with the personal ego. Hence, treatment is focused toward dismantling the previous identification; upon which the goal of remission of addictive behaviors follows quite organically.

A highly regarded educator and university administrator, as well as recovery coach, author, and public speaker, Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an M.A. in religious studies. Over the course of his professional career, “Dr. Bob” has provided tens of thousands of hours of therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching to satisfied clients. He has also committed the past 35 years to teaching, training, and inspiring graduate-level mental health providers at several southern California universities, most recently at California Southern University.

Dr. Bob is currently academic effectiveness coordinator at CalSouthern, engaged full-time in ongoing initiatives for improving the educational experience of our learners, including his chairing the brand-new Student Advisory Council. Additionally, Dr. Bob has published numerous articles in a broad cross-section of respected professional reference books, journals, and edited volumes. To learn more about the speaker, visit:

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April 12, 2013 / 7 Comments / by / in
  • IT reminds me of evangelism  from some backward usa state,,.

  • This is a fine example of academic Naivety. The highly educated speaker means well, no doubt, but he assumes that members who pay lip service to "Honesty" are being honest. As he said, the display is "impressive". He seems completely oblivious to the fact that people lie, all the time, Especially the kind of people who go to AA meetings. 
    The same holds for the "vulnerablity"he witnessed, those who truly Are as vulnerable as they appear to be are setting themselves up for all kinds of abuse at the hands of the many criminals, sex-offenders, and just plain users who are either court-ordered to AA, or cruise AA meetings for purposes other than sobriety. To get a valid picture of AA, one needs to go to a Lot of meetings, in particular those taking place in lower socio-economic class neighborhoods.

    If you believe this guy, or are making a "study" of AA,  watch a few of the hundreds of videos that address abuses within the program.

  • Strange! It seems to me that what, you are explaining is more are narcissism! Then alcoholism?

  • Is it correct that you have only experienced a single AA meeting? This guy is assuming that the ego had something to do with whether or not I choose to drink. Where is the evidence?

    AA is a religious cult dressed up to look like a treatment for alcoholism. AA takes advantage of vulnerable people for the purpose of unsolicited religious indoctrination.

    This guy is assuming that all alcoholics need to check the ego and join the humility brigade. I strongly disagree.

  • The program is fundamentally screwed. The main tenants are to remove yourself from your nuisanced actions, and the nuances of other's perspectives on those actions, thereby removing yourself fr9m reactionary behavior towards a toxic scenario. It's not even psychological crop dusting. It's rigid and not ran by people who assume any legal accountability, or training outside "it takes one to know one". Absolute rubbish.

    As AA assumes that everyone who doesn't drink as often as you do are better people. This simply isn't true.

    Also to mention, members aren't necessarily going because it's reliable or effective. As some are forced by courts, or there's a lack of other services, and have unlikely researched alternative paths towards recovery.

  • That was very helpful. The ideas were so clear coming from a professional observer. Crystal clear 🙂

  • What if someone is a shy, non-assertive pushover, and became an alcoholic for "liquid courage". How is that person going to be helped by a program that deflates the ego. A program that reinforces powerlessness and teaches someone to take a passive role in life("let go an let God") is the exact opposite of what that personality type needs.

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