A 12-Step History? Not so fast.

Amy Levin: When religion in the news bestows a chance to show how complicated history can be, I’ll take it. Rabbi Shais Taub recently published an article in HuffPost Religion on Judaism and addiction recovery, explaining just how spiritually high some steps are in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. Taub has some compelling insights into the very spiritually fragile nature of recovering addicts, but what his post arguably lacks is the rich history of 12-step programs in America’s expansive and vivid religious landscape. Continue Reading →