The typical story of the AA dragnet
How a woman caught having wine with dinner is coerced to stop drinking, join AA, and turn her life over to the therapeutic state.
Thank you for placing your studies etc. on the Internet. I have been looking for information relevant to how I feel about my life's issues. I have always asserted that my personal and social dysfunctions have influenced my use/abuse of alcohol, not the other way around. Tonight I breathe a sigh of relief, that I am not diseased, or "just in denial."
I have a question. It will take a little explanation.
I was convicted of a 1st offense DWI (I stopped to talk to an officer after drinking with dinner, I won't go into the details!). I admitted I was wrong to the state of New Jersey. I have paid my fines; I am almost done with my license suspension. I completed the 2 day required attendance at the Intoxicated Driver's Resource Center. I was reminded of the dangers I put myself and others in if I drink and drive, and that was worthwhile.
However, it is then (surprise #1) up to their discretion to assign further "treatment" based on a questionnaire we (the attendees) all had to fill out. I was assigned 16 weeks group therapy with a "treatment provider." I grumbled, but decided to bear down and live with it. It was not until my "intake" session with the therapist that he informed me surprise #2- I was required to suspend all drinking of alcohol during the 16 week program, and - surprise #3- I was required to attend weekly AA meetings also during those 16 weeks.
I have vociferously opposed the AA requirement to both the treatment provider and the IDRC. I do not believe in powerlessness, giving my will over to God, etc. I feel this second stage of assigned "treatment" is punishment for my lifestyle or habits, as I have already completed what was originally required by the state.
I belong to no organized religion, and have not attended church services in 10 years. I stated to the IDRC that their methods had now turned from motivational, to antagonistic. I also made sure they understood I had never said I was giving up alcohol. Apparently, there are no alternatives to forced AA.
Is appealing to the ACLU a realistic recourse, as I cannot afford another lawyer? Do you have any suggestions? I begin this charade as of May 1, 1999. Thank you for listening.
(PS- I have been unable to see my regular therapist since my driving privileges were revoked 4 months ago, a treatment I initiated myself to help cope with my personal difficulties.)