Is AA’s Big Book Outdated? Discuss, Dissect and Debate…Monday 6PM PST on Blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery

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6 thoughts on “Is AA’s Big Book Outdated? Discuss, Dissect and Debate…Monday 6PM PST on Blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery

  1. Big Book is nostalgic. That is part of its appeal. Prior to self-help movment, AA was running dead in the water. It is a very clever book. Very clever. Except for heap injun story whereas actual American Indians only used that language in Hollywood. They knew a salespitch when BB was put together. But anyone with common sense can see the bait-n-switch technique. I could see it. But I was overwhelmed by the group-cult/think.

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    1. Im 56 years old. After 30+ years of alcohol abuse, I celebrated 1 year of sobriety on 4/23/11. I think this may have happened sooner if I had followed my heart and eliminated “The Program” completely from my life, as i did 8 months ago. Doing this was not easy. However this time around I became so depressed after attending the meetings, I felt that doing so was “The definition of insanity. I found a therapist who did not turn me away because I was not 12 stepping and respected my discomfort
      with most of what AA was about. I also read a book called the “Heart of Addiction” by Lance Dodes. I think my higher power
      was looking out for me. In addition to so many other things, I could no longer accept the fact that my insight, reasoning and my anger were my enemy. I agree, it helps some people stay away from Alcohol. Maybe that puts AA in “The good cult category.” Im happy now, I dont get depressed and I try not to obsess over my dislike and resentment to the unhealthy attachment this organization had on me. I dont know about anyone else but if I heard “How it Works, (bb chapter 50” one more time I was going to loose my mind or drink.

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    2. Mel G-Prior to self-help movment, AA was running dead in the water. It is a very clever book. Very clever. Except for heap injun story whereas actual American Indians only used that language in Hollywood. They knew a salespitch when BB was put together

      I agree and you are funny. In the 70’s there were all these self help books, Jonathan Livingston Segal, I Ain’t well but I sure am better by Jess Lair.
      And that part about the INdians is hysterical. I overhead some Ny AA Board members belittling the Native American contingency. They are unconscionable.

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  2. Yes, AA needs a new big book. Yes, some of the ideas could be transferred to the new literature for historical purposes but largely there is so much that needs to be updated and made current so people will not be put off by the language which is divisive at best. That is a beginning of what I want to say on the subject.

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