Chinese scientists have been experimenting with a dramatic treatment for addiction:
This is the article.
To be fair, since 2004 the procedure has only been performed for "research purposes" (and how does one wind up in that study I wonder -- and, more disturbing to consider, are there some people in such mental agony from their addiction that they volunteer? If you're a real addict and you reflect on your journey is that so great a leap of imagination?).
Regardless, my gratitude for AA is not lessened by the fact that this procedure is currently only "research" when I consider my life today.
It is not always easy (Lord, no) but AA is a simple spiritual solution which gives me a daily reprieve from what was once a disease with virtually no hope of recovery.
Or, to put it another way: Jails, institutions, death... or brain mutilation vs. Meetings and the 12 Steps.
Thank God there is even a choice today.
And thank God I've been able to make it.