Blueangel wrote:Call me whatever you want but I'll take my AA straight from the book, and no other way. It has worked for me and millions of others to lead productive lives and just to stay alive another day.
Ditto on that Kay.
Something that often goes unnoticed is... "Alcoholics Anonymous" and the "A.A. Recovery Plan" is the Big Book.
I would encourage anyone who has a sincere interest in this philosophical discussion to read the Forward to the Second Edition... I know... there are many who don't like the Big Blue Book... and would prefer other books instead... and that's just the point. The Pioneering era was over for Alcoholics Anonymous... when the book was published in 1939. That was when they discovered the formula for treating alcoholism that worked. They authored a book... so that those of us, who would come later... who were interested in changing the formula... wouldn't change the formula.
When I came in to A.A., I got irritated at the old-timers that were set in their ways. One of the differences between me and them was... they were staying sober and I wasnâ€™t. They had already tried all the things that I was thinking about trying and discovered they didnâ€™t work. Being the real sensitive type... it seemed like I was always getting my feelings hurt.... and that they just didnâ€™t understand.
Alcoholics Anonymous is not Codependant's Anonymous... it's not Ala-non, it's not NA... CA, GA, or any of the other A's. A.A. is a recovery plan for alcoholics to treat their alcoholism. I love Alcoholics Anonymous, just like it is. I have no problems with it.
If I'm offering "my version" of the "message"... I'm offering "my version of recovery" to the alcoholic who still suffers. If that alcoholic doesn't make it... or if they end up with a rope around their neck, or a shot gun in their mouth... I can lay down at night, sleep well, and know that I did my best to carry "A.A.'s Message" instead of the "Message According to Dallas." I don't want the responsibility of their life and death situation, to be on my hands.... because I was so much smarter than A.A., and thought I would give them my version instead of "A.A.'s Version."
The great thing about life is, that if we donâ€™t wait too long, we can always change our minds about things. If someone discovers that their new and improved methods have not worked for the long haul... they can go back and try the old-fashioned way in the book, before tightening the knot around their neck! It works... it really does!
No one can force an alcoholic to do anything. Especially in A.A. Itâ€™s difficult enough to find an alcoholic who is willing to follow simple directions. If someone tries to shove something down an alcoholics throat and they puke it right back up.