From the December 2010 magazine.

Cult-like or just welcoming?

I feel welcomed

First, I don't go to meetings where there's "shouting," but rather attend meetings where I'm welcomed. Maybe it's just my perception, but as a person who lives alone, it's sure nice to hear others say, "Hi, Tracy," when I introduce myself. I get lonely sometimes and that makes me feel a part of and very welcome.

In addition, I'm not sure how this "shouting" has anything to do with religion and so I'm not sure how that makes AA a cult. Have people poked fun at AA in the media? Sure! Should we have the ability to laugh at ourselves in sobriety? I'd say that we should. Does it put off...

-- TRACY H.

Rock Hill, S.C.

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