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I disagree with that “direct is best for getting over AA” statement. I have students who get physically ill thinking about a direct approach. No exaggeration. The direct approach is the pickup equivalent of skydiving as a means of getting over a fear of heights. The trauma of one such event would stop most people from continuing their pursuit of a cure. Cognitive behavioral therapists advocate exactly what is taught in Eric’s book, a gentle, gradual approach in which your confidence grows as you realize that there are few consequences to failure. Throwing yourself into stressful situations before you are ready is dangerous and can have really negative long term consequences. By the time you’re ready, the question of what is the best approach for getting over AA is not very important.