Alright, I'll bite and even post under my id since heck, you still don't have a clue who I am. It's obvious either yourself or someone you know was "forced" into AA and hatted it. Tha's fine. Some like me, do like it and I credit it with helping me to stay sober over 14 years.
Better an injection that lasts 6 months and can teach a person self control in the mean time than a sentence to a cult-like organization
I agree no one should be forced by the courts to attend AA, however, that's a problem with the court system itself. No one in AA is asking for it. Judges probably use it as an alternative to other measures because out of all the options, it's the one most readily available. The average American city has over a thousand meetings each week spread all over the calendar.
that convinces you that you're destined to die unless you attend their fruity little club until the end of your life
No, the general dogma is that you will die (sooner) from alcoholism if you don't quit drinking. Of course, no one can say what will happen to any one individual any more than one can say smoking will cause you to get cancer so many in AA prefer to say "jails, institutions or death" which is more to the point. At the very least, continued use very, very rarely has a positive outcome.
AA's success rate is no better than the spontaneous rate of remission (doing nothing at all)
No one has found a viable scientific way to determine the efficacy of AA. Some people never stay sober. Others do. Of those that do, many move on. Some decide they hate AA and find other ways to quit. More power to them. What AA does offer is a very large group of alcoholics who have remained sober for extended periods.
Yet it's worshiped as a solution because A: it's free and B: proselytization is part of the program.
A self help group for drunks tries to help drunks. That's the way it works. Proselytization suggests someone is trying to convert you to their belief with the particular idea that it's the one, true way. No one in AA will ever tell you that, at least the ones following the principles. The traditions state "we are a program of attraction, not promotion." In AA, we share our stories and anyone is free to pick and choose which parts if any they find useful and leave the rest behind. As far as the free part, you argue that ???
Popularity != quality. Fucking cancerous boil of a religion on the ass of science.
I get it. You hate AA. Like most haters, it's because of the "God" factor. No doubt your familiar "god of your own understanding" and "higher power" part and while Penn and Teller's rock and tree schtick is funny, most atheists, anti-theists, or agnostics choose Group Of Drunks. Religious people tend to choose whatever deity fits their religion. I went to AA because I was not able to quite on my own. People also hate the "powerless over alcohol" part but the previous self-truth pretty much defines that. AA offers the support of many other drunks who have overcome their addiction, all of whom at the point I went in had better ideas about how to stay sober than I did. Total self-reliance to quit would imply that I never so much as even considered any other ideas about quitting drinking let alone took any anabuse, naltrexone or this vaccine, should it become available. As you pointed out, I would have had to spontaneously quit on my own, something at the point I was at would not have happened.
Thank god for scientific solutions like this that can finally put the nail the the quackery coffin,
Like it or not, you can't deny their are people who stay sober using AA. It's never been offered up as a solution to the physical aspect of craving nor any of it's causes nor put forth as a medicine to cure drunks and as such can't be called quakery. It's obviously involves beliefs that you do not espouse, but there are plenty who do and stay sober by them.
but you can bet your ass twelve steppers and their ilk will be out in (often anonymous) force, trying to get this banned or at least lobbying against it's use.
I assume you pulled this last bit of derisiveness out of your ass. AA has never tried to stand in the way of scientific progress related to finding a cure for alcoholism, nor have they advocated one not use any available medicine to help them overcome their addiction. What you do is between your doctor and you. AA is there to help alcoholics, period. That's why tradition ten states "Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A.name ought never be drawn into public controversy.". That also applies to religion as well as politics, in case you are misinformed.