How your red kettle donations end up in AA meetings' donation baskets. The Salvation Army Santas are outside WalMart with a red buckets, ringing their bells, and part of that money goes towards drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs which rely on the 12-Step program, Alcoholics Anonymous. NBC's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on … Continue reading Why the Salvation Army needs to Cut Ties with Alcoholics Anonymous
*GUEST BLOG by Zoltan Buchan* I love a good hug. Who doesn’t? Is there any more human gesture than the simple embrace? Whether it’s to greet a much missed friend, comfort a child, express intimacy and affection with a lover, or share an explosion of mutual joy with a total stranger at a football … Continue reading Compulsory Hugs Are Meaningless
You've likely heard these terms before: Steppers, Non-Steppers, Ex-Steppers, 13 Steppers, Pro-AA, and Anti-AA. Each of these terms are divisive between only 2 worlds: The world of AA and those opposed to AA. What about everyone else? How do we educate the rest of the world fighting to end addiction about the problems in Alcoholics … Continue reading How to Save the Steppers (Outreach Goals)
Big Book Burn and Return Challenge This November my friend Jason Bartley posted a video on YouTube challenging people to either return their Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book to the organization or burn their Big Book if they prefer. Similar to the “ice bucket challenge” which went viral many moons ago, the Big Book Burn and … Continue reading Big Book Burn or Return Challenge!
I recently had the honor to interview the author, and ex-AA member, of the book 12 Steps to Dead. Thank you Rolf for taking the time to share your thoughts and views with me. Without further ado, here is the full article. -------------------------------------------------- Deeply troubled, yet brutally honest, characters walk-- and sometimes stumble-- onto the … Continue reading Honesty in Recovery is Alive: Interview with 12 Steps to Dead author Rolf Ankermann
Hi everyone, I'd start by introducing myself but I'm anonymous, I feel exposed standing here let alone speaking to you and revealing my face. All kidding aside, I'll keep my lead short out of respect to your time. Ok, still kidding. This one should go on for at least an hour if I'm lucky. So … Continue reading Imaginary 80 Year Anniversary Speech for AA, or, 80 Years and Still Sick
Do we avoid having conversations with loved ones that may help educate them in how we recovered and why it works for us? In the Living Sober book by Alcoholics Anonymous we're told: "Our shaky emotional condition also affects our feelings towards old friends and family. For many of us, these relationships seem to heal … Continue reading There are No Rules only Suggestions