Thanks for the topic.
I was speaking with a young man last night. He has found some understanding of the inner workings of the mind through some Carnegie (?sp) literature, much like I've found in Peter Sheppard's work.
I cautioned him that those works were to 'empower' the mind to change for the better, much like AA, BUT that unlike AA, they feel 'all' problems can be resolved. They were likely to make the person believe that they could once again regain control and power over alcohol... and this would be a huge mistake.
I shared my beliefs that if he was an alcoholic like I am, and felt that somehow he could once again enjoy alcohol with his 'new-found' knowledge of the inner workings of his mind, he WILL eventually find a new bottom.
I can empathize with where he's at. He doesn't know for sure that he's an alcoholic. Oh, he has good reason for being in AA and has all the traits of being an alcoholic, but he's struggling to come to terms with it, i.e. the First Step. Even for me, with a bottom floored with bedrock, I still had to look deeply inside my self and at least consider I was an alcoholic. I came to believe I was, but my first step was a willingness to honestly look at my past record of drinking. That was a big hurdle for me; and so it is with him.
Thanks for the quotes in the original post. He'll be at a meeting Monday that I chair. I think I've found my topic.