Penn: AA was started in 1935, and the treatment has remained the same since then. Now, if alcoholism is in fact a disease, would treatment be the same today as it was three score, nine years ago? If your doctor told you he was gonna treat your cancer with the same method that was used in 1935, you'd SCREAM and RUN! Real science is refined and changed all the time. Now, maybe we're being too harsh. There are two reasons it might not have changed since 1935. Number one, it's a religion. And religion change is tantamount to heresy. It's faith, it's not supposed to be tested by science. Or number two, the treatment works, infallibly. For everyone, all the time. Hmm. I wonder which it is?