For me, common sense would tell me that it's not a good idea to see a butt doctor to get my teeth fixed, nor to see a dentist to fix a butt problem.
We often hear discussed, what a great idea it is for a person to discover their purpose in life -- and live a life on purpose.
AA has a purpose.
NA has a purpose
GA has a purpose.
OA and the rest... have a purpose.
One might say that "well, since all those are Anonymous organizations, and some suggest the 12 Steps... they all have the same solution."
However, if you do some researching and checking the facts and visiting the different Anonymous organizations -- few have anything in common with the recovery program of AA, and... AA... as it's name implies... is for Alcoholics.
Why would a man want to join a womans club and a woman join a mens club?
Why would a wind surfer want to belong to a pilots association?
AA has a purpose and the purpose of AA's 12 Traditions -- is to keep AA's singleness of purpose.
Can you imagine a car with one steering wheel -- and five passengers are each trying to steer the car at the same time??? The car ends up crashing in a ditch.
Let the five passengers drive their own car -- and focus on their own steering rather than trying to steer others.
For the most part, what I've seen in meetings where the members do not understand Singleness of Purpose -- it's like the blind leading the blind... and they can't figure out why people aren't recovering.
When I want my lawn mower fixed I go to a lawn mower shop.
When I get my hair cut -- I go to a person that cuts hair.
Well, you might say... "they both deal with cutting, don't they?"
Sure. But, one cuts grass and the other cuts hair.
If I walk into a barber shop -- and the guy or girl pulls out a weed eater...
it isn't difficult for me to decide that I'm in the wrong place.
Can you imagine how I would look to the other customers, if I was arguing with the barber... as to why he doesn't cut hair with a lawn mower? It's all the same thing... cutting.... Isn't it?
So what if Bob & Bill used drugs?
What person or what doctor hasn't used drugs?
Bob was a doctor.
Bill was a patient.
They didn't get together to fix patients or drug addicts... their common bond was "one alcoholic talking with another alcoholic... for the purpose of achieving and maintaining sobriety -- not drinking alcohol.
The reason that Bill took such great notice of the Washingtonians, a bunch of drunks that were staying sober in the 1860's... was because they disappeared... when they decided to start trying to fix other problems... in other words... when they forgot their primary and singleness of purpose.
Do you think it's a good idea for AA to disappear?
That's what's happening... in the areas where the members are mixing it up and getting away from their primary and singleness of purpose.