I was told I had to do it (the steps)or die.
Even colter, the most vocal AA advocate here, confirms this.
But Barbara, what's wrong with that?
If you went to your family doctor and he told you the same thing would that be more effective?
It's like a chain smoker going to the doctor and being told that he needs to stop smoking...
No, it's not like going to the doctor, not at all.
You see, my doctor has studied the biological sciences, for many long years at medical school, so that he is qualified to diagnose actual diseases, and his prescriptions are based on scientific study.
My doctor, none of my doctors, has ever, or is ever likely to, tell me that I need to "make myself of most use to God" to recover from an illness.
That is the difference between medical science and religion and AA.
If my doctor ignored medical evidence and standard medical procedure and prescribed instead a regimen of prayer as a cure, I could sue him for malpractice and win.
(I'm sorry, correct me if I'm mistaken, but isn't that why the Scientologists got sued?
Because they told members not to go to the doctor, and instead told them to rely upon them for a cure?)