AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture by Christopher Cavanaugh

By Christopher Cavanaugh

What does a codependent say to his mate whilst he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting

Throughout the realm this day, greater than million alcoholics and thousands of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their habit, having came across a brand new lifestyles by way of training the 12-step application of restoration built by means of Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a manner of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not keep in mind my first assembly, yet i have been informed that I talked for a very lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous

AA to Z is the 1st ebook to record the richness and variety of the lives of convalescing humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this specified tradition. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is constituted of real-life tales of...

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I went to a step study group and got cornered by some steppies. They called me on not working the program hard enough and told me it was time to do step four. I had bullshitted my way through this group for six months by saying I had done the steps in my old group, but I never had. I never did an honest fourth and fifth step. Six different people got six different versions. I needed to truly bare my soul to someone. A. where I felt as though I belonged. A. That lasted about seven years, until I was ten years sober.

A. A. the questions take this approach: Do you ever drink in the morning? Yes. Do you drink to feel more comfortable around other people? Yes. Do you ever lose time at your job because of your drinking? Yes. Those are pretty cut and dried questions, but they don’t go to your soul the way the ACOA laundry list does. ” I was always super responsible, always on time, never could say no. ” He said yes. I remember going home and telling Janice that I was bottoming out emotionally. She knew it from my behavior.

His sister, a recovering person, saw that Ron’s life sucked and tried to 12-Step him. Ron resisted, insisting that he wasn’t that bad. ” This didn’t sound too bad, so Ron went to an Al-Anon meeting. His sister was right, he did need Al-Anon, but when he heard other Al-Anons share about the unmanageable lives of their alcoholics, he knew he was on the wrong side of the fence. A. and found the door to his own recovery. A. meeting asked Ron if he wanted to go to the best meeting in town. It turned out to be an NA meeting.

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