How AA Members Chase People Away From Sobriety

Dave Tieff
5 min readFeb 2, 2024

My Instagram page has become an amazing way to connect with other alcohol-free (AF) people — one that I never expected. As a musician, I first got on IG to promote my music, but that started to evolve as soon as I started to post about sobriety.

As one could expect, I got some feedback from the people who listen to my music but also like to drink. Some were a bit confused — and maybe even a bit put off by it.

That’s understandable, especially because it started as a music page, and I never want to come across as “holier than thou” by posting about sobriety.

If you knew me or my story, you would know that I’m holier than NO ONE — nor would I ever claim to be. I like to wear my imperfections on my sleeve.

In the process, my Instagram page — and those that I’ve connected with — has become somewhat of a niche group.

Specifically, people who are sober without Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you’ve read any of my other articles, it’s pretty easy to see how this occurred. I’ve been vocal about sobriety, and critical about many of the things that I experienced in AA.

I knew I wasn’t alone in this experience, but I have to admit that I didn’t realize just how much company I had.

The response that I’ve gotten has been overwhelming — or, dare I say, sobering.

In one post I said, “AA works well for the people that it works for. But it doesn’t work for everyone. It only works about 10% of the time.”

I stand by that statement with conviction while knowing that success rates in sobriety are difficult to quantify.

The 10% — or “1 out of 10” — is something I heard over and over again from AA members while I was in AA, so I didn’t just throw out an arbitrary number.



Dave Tieff

Alcohol Free (AF) singer-songwriter & cyber journalist. Here to discuss everything sex, drugs, rock, and culture🤘🍄🎙💋