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Stockhold1 Olesia Stockhold Prof. Lewandowski English 122 4 September 2011 Synthesis In his article, “Secret of AA: After 75 Years, We Don’t Know How It Works,” Brandon Koerner suggests that some 23 million people in the United States are battling drug and alcohol addiction, and of those 23 million people, 1.2 million people belong to Alcoholics Anonymous, a 12 step program that deals with recovery from addiction. (Koerner) Similarly, in his article “Saying AA Is Religious, Court Lets Inmate Skip It,” James Barron reports that of the 15,000 plus inmates in the New York State prison system, two in nine go through prison mandated treatment every year, which includes A.A. or a similar 12-step program. The issue at hand is just how effective is this program that millions of people join every day in order to combat their addiction? Furthermore, what is it about A.A. that works for people? Koerner suggests that the 12-step program works, but that there is no real answer as to why it
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