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Sober Language

This AA wonders if profanity in meetings does more harm than good to the program

The Saturday night speaker had slipped steadily down from teenage gangs into drinking, drugs, jail, deserted children, court, robbery, then prison where he entered rehab, began attending AA, gained release on probation and started rebuilding his life. It was a powerful story of alcoholism and early recovery, all of it well-seasoned with curse words.

A well known, long-time sober woman raised her hand immediately for discussion. She asked us to be mindful of people in the room who might be offended by bad language. And she reminded us that AA works by the power of attraction.

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