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Web Exclusive: Not Too Young
Alcoholism doesn't discriminate, so why do people in meetings?
There are as many ways to make others welcome in meetings as there are to make them feel separate. I used to say to myself that I was different from the people in the program because I was too young. Because I was too young, the Steps didn't apply to me, people didn't understand me, and I would have to keep drinking until the number of years I'd been drinking reached a competitive level.
It did not occur to me that I wasn't going to live long enough to prove my point. The fatal nature of alcoholism hadn't penetrated my denial yet. I have heard numerous times over the years comments...
-- Amber M.
A member discusses the pros and cons of special interest meetings
Not Good Enough
After being asked to speak, he was uninvited when members objected to his way of working the program
Improving Away The AA Program
A member questions the many changes to meeting formats over the years
The Bedrock of AA
A member wonders if the Traditions are given short shrift