Thursday, October 8, 2009

Choice of Support Groups: It's the Law

My article, "Choice of Support Groups: It's the Law" is in the current issue of Counselor magazine, which is not only the best publication of its type but also, now, the official journal of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).

The article discusses the recent federal court decision holding that the 12-step program is religious in nature, when viewed in light of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

If you don't happen to receive this publication in the mail, I've scanned this article and made a PDF file for downloading.  It's at  -- be patient, it's a 16 mb file and takes a bit of time to download.

This article is an expansion and update of the LifeRing brochure of the same title, available for download here.

You can also view a slideshow and an informal video of a talk I gave on this topic, here.


swl755 said...


The link to the article doesn't work, at least on my computer. Tried copying and pasting it, but that didn't work either.


Martin Nicolaus said...

I just tested it and it works ... but it's S-L-O-W because the file is 16 MB. One possibility is that your browser might not be set up to read PDF files. Or your ISP might have some kind of limit on what you can download.
As a last resort you can go to the Counselor magazine website and read a plain text version of the article there.
Hope this helps.