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Published February 2012.

Web Exclusive: Improving Away the AA Program

A member questions the many changes to meeting formats over the years

Recently, I attended a discussion meeting at my area's assembly. Out of the 20 or so members who shared, at least 8 to 12 identified as, "My name is Bill/Jane. I'm an alcoholic and my sobriety date is June 2,1978."

My first reaction was who cares. I asked some friends who were there if this way of identifying was something new, as I had not it before. One friend pointed out that a lot of those who said that came from the two large cities in our area and maybe it was their custom.

-- Pat T.

Bronson, Florida

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