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Your Way or AA's Way?

Just as there are many varieties of alcoholism, there are many ways to follow the program of AA

"The underlying premise is that there's a single uniform AA way of getting sober."

It is often said at AA meetings that there's your way and there's AA's way.

The clear implication of such pronouncements is that you'd better do it AA's way, or else. The less clear, but often very real, implication of such pronouncements is that the speaker already knows AA's way and that you'd better do it his or her way, or else. The underlying premise is that there's a single uniform AA way of getting sober of the "one-size-fits-all" variety for everybody.

Yet, there are many "AA ways" to recovery, just as there are many varieties of alcoholism. How often has a speaker at... Login to read more
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