A post from Daryl from the old forum about AA ... Aug 26, 2015 9:02:16 GMT -5
Post by Dana on Aug 26, 2015 9:02:16 GMT -5
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8/18/14 3:05 PM
Denise (Fitcircus) has asked if we all go to AA, and I think the discussion of AA deserves a thread of it's own. I think it is important to understand what AA is (and is not). Yikes <G>. I'll be happy to crack the lid on that can of worms, and I have a sneaking suspicion I won't be the only one with something to say. I hope to hear lots of experience, strength, and hope from all camps.
First I'd like to explain in a basic way what AA is to me. Let me differentiate between the program and the fellowship.
The program of recovery is outlined in the first 164 pages of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous", also known as the Big Book because....well....it is a big book! The program addresses the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of alcoholism. The desired outcome of taking the 12 Steps is a spiritual sobriety, if you will.....the goal to live happy, joyous, and free. This is accomplished through a spiritual awakening or enlightenment, as a result of deflating our egoistic self.
The fellowship of AA is comprised of the membership, those who simply identify themselves as members of the group. We meet to share our struggles and coping strategies in a safe place. We become recalibrated, empowered, accountable. And we hear some pretty good "stuff" <G>. We have a group conscience, a sort of collective subconscious. Some say AA is a democracy, others call it anarchy. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
I'm not much for the pamphlets AA puts out, but I think this one is informative.....
Not sure if this will work as a link, just google A Member's Eye View.
So there's my two cents, in a very fundamental way.
Don't let anyone take away your joy.