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From the March 2012 magazine.

Going Against the Crowd

An AA questions the pressure to conform to certain widespread meeting practices

After 27 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, having chaired meetings, gone on Twelfth Step calls, been a sponsor, been sponsored, been a GSR, spoken for the Public Information Committee, etc., I am beginning to feel as if my membership in Alcoholics Anonymous is in danger of being revoked.

The long form of the Third Tradition states, in part, "Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought AA membership ever depend on money or conformity." but I am seeing group after group demand conformity to a growing list of, to me, meaningless rituals.

-- Paul M.

Oak Lawn, Illinois

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