Dear Dr. Peele,
I am a 21 year old college student at Rutgers College in New Brunswick. I have been in recovery for over three consecutive years. During this time I went to both in-patient and out-patient (in Morristown) programs and was heavily involved with AA and NA for my first two years of sobriety.
I am currently taking a class in cults and communes and decided to write my term paper about cult-like tactics used by in-patient facilities and groups like AA. I am finding your website to be incredibly useful to me. (Thanks!)
I was wondering if, some time in the future, you would consider either an online or personal interview. I live in South Orange and would be more than happy to come to you.
Regardless of your answer, thank you for making your website available. I must admit that when I was involved with AA I often felt "sucked in." My friends, also AA members, would tell me that my disease was trying to tear me away from recovery and back into active addiction. It is a huge relief to know that others see some AA members as coercive and manipulative.
Thank you for your time,
Thanks to you for your affirmation.
I'd be happy to be interviewed by you. But you must do me one favor -- send a copy of your paper to Barbara McCrady at the Rutgers Centerof Alcohol Studies. Tell her I asked you to do so.