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
It feels good to be in a group where everyone more or less agrees with you. It's strange how one different idea can be shot down with, "It's not all about you, you know? Consider the rest of us." I surely am not asking to be pampered, but, when the topic is sexism suddenly I … Continue reading Babies need Pampers, not Feminists
The last A.A. meeting I attended was roughly four years ago. I began blogging on wordpress the beginning of 2013. For the first half of this year I ran out of anything I felt worth saying. I read some fantastic articles by other writers I admire: Maia Szalavaitz who came out with a new book … Continue reading Emotional Duct Tape
*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!
How do you know you’re in a cult? It isn’t like they have a sign on the door that announces it: The Sweet Sunshine Cult of Destruction! Cherry Tree Cult and Fellowship! Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Cult! Usually, there’s a charismatic leader and friendly followers eager to love bomb you the minute you arrive. There’s so … Continue reading Mayhem, Cults and AA Meetings: The Colorado Springs AA Murderer