Charlie Sheen is at war. Not only is he at war with his body and soul, and not only is he at war with CBS and the creator of his show Two and a Half Men, but he has also taken on a battle that really doesn’t need to be fought. He has gone to war with Alcoholics Anonymous. Why is the dad of five so passionate about speaking out against AA, especially when the organization continues to help families deal with alcohol and substance abuse?
In an interview with the Today show, Charlie Sheen said he has rejected the “fiction” of Alcoholics Anonymous and their “5 percent success rate.” He instead created his own program that he calls Sober Valley Lodge in his own home, and he strongly announced that he would not allow AA to be part of it.
This isn’t the first time he went on a rant about AA. In a radio interview last week, he also attacked Alcoholics Anonymous, calling them a “cult” and “a bunch of losers,” and he said they were “brainwashing his family.” He claims to be curing himself of addiction rather than look to AA. “I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind,” he said. “I had to unload 22 years of fiction and just decided I don’t believe that anymore.” When asked what the “fiction” was, he replied, ”The fiction of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). It’s a silly book written by a broken-down fool who is a plagiarist.”
Charlie Sheen seems to think of himself as better than AA. “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special,” Sheen told NBC. “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitching, a total freaking rock star from Mars. And people can’t figure me out. They can’t process me. I don’t expect them to. You can’t process me with a normal brain.” He also added that he has “tiger blood and Adonis DNA”.
As for the success rate for AA, there doesn’t seem to be concrete numbers but the 5% success rate has been reported, but that does not include people who may have looked at AA as a first step and then moved onto other programs. And any percentage is better than nothing. Even Dr. Drew agreed with a bit of Charlie Sheen’s rant saying , “He’s got a point … their success rates aren’t that great … but it DOES work when people do it.”
But are Sheen’s statements harmful? Let’s say there is someone who is struggling with addiction, looking for any and every excuse to get out of the next meeting. Sheen’s rants might help convince that person to skip out and just go to the local bar and get their drink on. AA may not work for everyone, and the success rate may not be ideal, but something is better than nothing, right? Do you think it’s irresponsible for him to lash out at AA since so many parents not only look to it for themselves but for their offspring who may be struggling?
Also, a great take on the whole Charlie Sheen thing was penned by our own Katie Allison Granju “Why NO Parent Should Be Cracking Charlie Sheen Jokes” you can check that out here.