If AA is not group therapy then an AA group has no purpose.
"Each group has but one primary purpose
- to carry it's message to the alcoholic who still suffers."
What is, it's message
It tells us in Step 12: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry THIS
message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
When I was going to meetings to -- get something -- I couldn't stay sober.
The Big Book explained to me "why." pg 128 "Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle."
So, I stopped "going to get" and started "going to give." Guess what? I've been sober ever since!
I get what I need by: giving.
It's just like the law of attraction. It's the same thing. We get back, in greater measure -- of whatever it is that we give.
Example: If I went to a meeting because "I needed something" -- what would I get back? MORE need! More needy. More sicker.
No where in our AA literature is AA referred to as "Self help" as in self-help group. We don't go to "get help" -- we go to "give help." So, actually, the WAY AA works is: we are a "give help group."
btw, Keith: No one is debating.
And, OF COURSE you should feel comfortable here sharing whatever you share. We love you. You're one of us. No one is a leader here... we're ALL just a part of the fellowship.
And, I'm not trying to debate or trying to change your mind in what you believe. You share what you believe. I share what I believe. And, we can always get along just fine. At least -- I think we can.
Hugs to you bro!