At the risk of being contentious, this sounds like replacing one need for another, without adressing the underlying problem of why there's a need in the first place, which is why AA may stop people drinking, but won't actually cure the alcoholism as such.
This is a way to get people into a dependency situation where you have control, rather than a way to help them get over their problems.
Reductionist and proud of it.
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