Can a recovery program like Alcoholics Anonymous inadvertently discourage women from seeking treatment? Are there ways that it can more effectively contribute to their sobriety? Combining individual personal narratives with statistical data, Jolene Sanders offers valuable insight into how women adapt the twelve-step program and interact with the masculine culture of AA in ways that allow them to conquer addiction and take control of their lives.
Jolene M. Sanders is assistant professor of sociology at Hood College.
Introduction: Why Alcoholism is a Feminist Issue. Women, Alcoholism, and AA. Women's Struggle with Surrender: Steps One through Three. Women Cleaning House: Steps Four through Nine. Women Passing it On: Steps Ten through Twelve. Conclusion: Empowering Women, Collectively and Individually.