AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership, we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution, does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
In AA the highest rank that any of us get is to be a member of AA. Many of us are taught, and many of us learn... yet, as such, we have no teachers. Our membership should include anyone who suffers from alcoholism... yet not all of our members suffer from alcoholism... some have a desire to stop drinking... and others are still drinking... that's because in AA you're a member if you say you are.
I know all that sounds weird and strange... but, somehow... it works.
Some people come in to AA as liars cheats and thieves.... and they remain that way... and some stay sober and some do not.
Some people come in to AA as priest, preachers and saints... and they remain that way... and some stay sober and some do not.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober... and to help another alcoholic to recover from alcoholism.
I don't know about you... but a long time ago, I thought I could help alcoholics by teaching them something. Have you ever tried to teach an alcoholic anything? It sounds like you may have also tried to teach an alcoholic something... and your results were just as nil as mine were!
Alcoholics are great learners... and I'm sure that many are great teachers... even though in AA, we have no official AA teachers.
There are many in AA, who would probably qualify as a Saint, yet, in AA we have no official saints.
And, there are probably many in AA, who could probably qualify as Demons, yet, in AA we have no official demons!!!
(Depending on what day and what time of day you ask me!)
The one thing that some of us learn, the longer we stick around and stay sober in AA... is that none of us are judges, either... even though some of us spend many an hour and long-winded orrations in judging others.
Yep. This thing called AA is pretty strange and different... and weird... and sometimes intelligent, smart, genius, and to all appearances normal.
I spent a lot of years trying to figure it out... because I'm a "figure-outter" and I want to know how and why things work... and just as soon as I think I've got it figured out... I learn something new and different!
I also spent a lot of years in amazement... trying to figure out why certain ones stay sober and others fail. The ones that I would have judged as sure failures... stayed sober... and the ones that I just knew had this thing down like a rocket science ended up drunk again.
So I guess perhaps, right now... anyway (before I change my mind about it, which might be in 20 minutes from now)... In AA we don't teach anyone anything about anything.... even with our textbook, which is Alcoholics Anonymous. We do seek to inform... by carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the 12 Steps... but all of us are at the same time carrying our own message... and that is "what worked for us." Then, we leave it up to the other alcoholics that we might help... to decide and judge and learn for themselves... through our examples... more than through our words.
I doubt if that helped you any... but, maybe it helped me... by teaching me something I needed to learn "just for today"... and if it did... then today... you were my teacher!