Why the Salvation Army needs to Cut Ties with Alcoholics Anonymous

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

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How to Save the Steppers (Outreach Goals)

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)

Honesty in Recovery is Alive:  Interview with 12 Steps to Dead author Rolf Ankermann

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

Imaginary 80 Year Anniversary Speech for AA, or, 80 Years and Still Sick

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

Island of Recovery Misfits

In 2014, 75% and upwards of all United States treatment facilities required 12 Step education for its clients.  This places Alcoholics & Narcotics Anonymous groups (among others) in the first place position of addictions support groups.    Remember, though, Leo Tolstoy said, "“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” The … Continue reading Island of Recovery Misfits

There are No Rules only Suggestions

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