Melanie Solomon

name Melanie Solomon is the author of the newly released book, AA-Not the Only Way-Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives. After a twelve-year battle with addiction, including a vicious cycle of rehabs, sober livings, 12-step meetings, recovery, relapse, and overdosing, she is currently living a normal, balanced, functioning life.
Ms. Solomon graduated from the U. of Michigan, with a B.A. in psychology with honors. While making Phi Beta Kappa, she also volunteered at the school's Women's Center, counseling and placing abused and/or chemically addicted women into safe facilities.
She had to drop out of UCLA Law School after completing one year to enter a well-known, conventional rehab, which is where she was first introduced to AA and the 12-steps. This began the 12 year odyssey of addiction & treatment that concluded with an experience that left her for nearly dead this past Mother's Day.
It was then that she realized that there had to be another way. Due to her unyielding research of alternatives to AA, and the other 12-step programs, she started uncovering the scientific research that had been going on for over 3 decades, which sadly, most Americans are largely unaware of, such as according to AA's own internal surveys covering a 5-year period, as well as numerous government and independent studies, AA had only a 3-5% success rate for those who even stuck around for a year, and that 93-97% of the treatment centers in the US are still 12-step based! Even though there are many viable, evidence-based alternatives, well accepted and established in other countries, that might better suit the complex and individualized needs of people suffering with substance abuse problems.
She now devotes her life to researching recovery options, and then sharing these findings with others through her books, seminars and website, where there is a wealth of information about alternatives, current research, and other products, as well as a FREE discussion room, open to those in need themselves, loved ones, or professionals in the field, which will expand the dialog & knowledge about recovery options. For more information, please visit AA Not the Only Way
A full-time writer and lecturer, she has spoken at Huntington Beach School Districts Drug & Alcohol Program and at The Learning Annex in California. Solomon offers a FREE first time 20 minute phone consultation where you can discuss your greatest challenges and how to overcome them, as well as your dreams and the outcomes you are trying to achieve. To schedule a free session, contact her through her website at aa alternatives

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Effective? Research Shows AA Fails 95% of Those Seeking Help

05th June 2009
"Alcoholics Anonymous hardly sounds like a 'proven method,'" says Melanie Solomon, author of a new book showing alternatives to AA for treating alcohol and substance abuse. "In fact, it doesn't work for most people."A recovered pill addict who found AA mo... Read >