A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

That Tricky Third Step

A new documentary looks at how people of different religions deal with the faith-based elements of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Having been born in Akron, OH, the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous, filmmaker Josh Gippin was well acquainted with the organization. But it was only more recently, as he jumped into a documentary about AA entitled God As We Understand Him, that he realized the problems created for many participants by the third of the program’s celebrated 12 steps.

“When I originally went into this project, I imagined making the film for mass consumption, a film that would just be a good story and would tell a story about AA,” Gippin explains in an interview with the West Side Ledger newspaper. “As I went along, there was a point where AA’s mandate hit me very emotionally (in the wake of a family member’s suicide). The purpose of this film changed. I needed to make a film that would help people.” And so, Gippin and his wife, photographer Shane Wynn, chose to focus on the issues raised by the third step, which decrees that AA members ‘made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.’

Though Gippin today is agnostic after a Jewish upbringing, he felt that for those of various religious faiths, this pledge might present a challenging hurdle. In the end, he interviewed 33 current and former AA members on camera, all of whom maintained their anonymity by being shot from the neck down. The one-hour God As We Understand Him will premiere June 7th and 8th as part of AA Founder’s Day weekend events in Akron, and will also be broadcast locally on PBS beginning June 10th. The film is also available for purchase on DVD via GodAsWeUnderstandHim.org.
_______
source: filmstew.com

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Symptoms of Substance abuse in teenagers

Substance abuse is spreading rapidly around the world and the number of teens who do substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate. Teenagers are widely using chemical substances for altering their “mood and physical state”. The use of chemical substances beyond the prescribed limit is bound to make the body of the user dependent….

Continue reading

Seizure drug shows promise as potential therapy for alcoholism

A new study conducted on mice has shown that a seizure drug, called gabapentin, could act as a potential therapy for alcoholism by reversing cellular effects. In the study, alcohol-dependent rodents receiving gabapentin drank less alcohol, and this led the scientists to say that gabapentin normalizes the action of certain brain cells altered by chronic….

Continue reading

Legal drugs spark a boom in pill popping

MY “LEGAL ecstasy party pills” arrive in small, white medicine containers, complete with recommended dosage and a safety seal. “Herbal supplements,” reads the package, but these drugs promise far more – guaranteeing to “add extra kick to your partying” by meddling with the body and mind. It’s a drug high, but one that “will not….

Continue reading

Women, are you at risk for alcohol abuse?

Most people think they know what a woman alcoholic looks like –a fall-down drunk whose life is littered with DUI convictions, or maybe the sad lush acting a fool at every office party. In truth, women struggling with alcohol often look just like everybody else. An estimated 5.3 million American women either are alcoholic or….

Continue reading

Binge drinking can lead to holiday heart syndrome

Imbibing too much at the punch bowl at holiday parties or at other times when alcohol is flowing freely can hurt more than your sobriety and waistline. Overindulgence with booze can cause a condition doctors call holiday heart syndrome. It can happen to anyone of any age. “Anywhere from very young to middle aged or….

Continue reading