From the December 2010 magazine.

Cult-like or just welcoming?

Meetings filled with religiosity

Oh yes, I am listening, Bob. And I have done just that . . . stopped going to meetings, pretty much. I got sober in Chicago 37 years ago and have been sober one day at a time since, all thanks to AA, its members, service work and regular attendance at meetings. But about 10 or so years ago I noticed my attendance at meetings was dropping off. That started the round of checking out all sorts of groups in my area, only to find a level of noise, chanting and cult-like religiosity that I found very off-putting.

One day at a time might change how I see things, but for now my Higher Power, AA friends and the Big Book will have to be enough.


Sun City, Ariz.

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