Sometimes, other readings are included, such as “How It Works” from chapter five of the text was published in 1939 on oversize paper because the group received a good price on the paper, making the book larger than standard publications.)As the meeting begins, the chair usually asks if there is anyone attending AA for the first, second, or third time ever.
The chair may then ask if there are any out-of-town visitors. Individuals who are at their first AA meeting or have less than 30 days of sobriety may be welcomed with a hug and awarded a “keep coming back” coin or chip.
Addiction can be compared to an unhealthy, fanatical love.
Some wrote books like Amy Lee Coy and Hank Hayes and Dee-dee Stout, Stanton Peele and Albert Ellis.
Addictive behavior attempts to repair a state of bad feeling but is a Faustian Bargain that perpetuates itself and often asks the ultimate price.
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Many of us were in “the rooms” months, years and decades. Welcome to a site and a community that tolerates no AA bullshit! You are amongst hopefully mostly sane individuals that have walked the walk and have “fled the insanity and dogma” of 12 step culture and it’s meetings. Years of being belittled, harassed, and told what to do by some member who knew less then us and still was unemployed and insane after decades in AA.
Why are 90 % of Rehabs and Treatment Centers AA/NA based? Is it that for many years there wasn’t anything else? Why did I not even know till three years ago that any alternatives to 12 step even existed?
It’s some crazy made up religious type 1936 cult thing or, not. So why is our government sending people in droves to 12 step. So why don’t the Courts and lawyers and Judges send DUI’s and problem drinkers to the many alternatives that have been around for over two decades. I wouldn’t believe me either if I were in your shoes. It is difficult to change any behavior to which one has grown accustomed unless there are powerful and consistent immediate rewards for doing so or equally persuasive penalties for not doing so. that of commencing and maintaining a physical exercise program, the rewards of such a behavior change are by no means immediate, while the costs of them –the discomfort occasioned by exercise to which one is unaccustomed- are up front and unavoidable.Individuals who succeed in getting over the hump of such habit change usually do so by making themselves look ahead to a future and more desirable state which will be the actual and lasting reward of their present, unrewarded efforts.Because addicts may be seriously impaired in their pre-addictive self-care and self-management they often require prolonged help learning to feel well without resorting to the "tricks" of addiction. " But in spite of this and other equally inspired proclamations of intent to reform, in the vast majority of cases of definite and well-established addiction, nothing whatever changes – at least not for long.Addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking, drug use, overeating and other "quick fix" maneuvers aimed at rapidly and dramatically changing the individual’s emotional and hedonic state are natural and common targets for resolutions of reform, whether at New Year’s or any other time, to "do better," to "turn over a new leaf" or to "quit once and for all." And even more than in the case of the typical New Year’s resolution, the solemn promise of the substance(alcohol, nicotine, other drugs, food) or process(gambling, spending, sex) addict is well known by just about everyone familiar with such matters to be, more often than not, ‘writ in water.’ In addiction perhaps more than any place else, "The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglay." Such natural and only too well justified skepticism about promises of reform on the part of those familiar with the addict does not necessarily include the addict himself, who may fervently and sincerely exclaim "I know I’ve said this before – and I know that you don’t believe me and that you are entitled not to believe me. Or if there is change, it is change for the worse: the addict’s outrageous addictive behavior sometimes seems almost to feed upon and draw nourishment from his passionate promises that "it will never happen again." This phenomenon leaves those who have to deal with the addict in a confused, discouraged, angry and usually depressed state.Other conversations stop and people take their seats.