From the January 2013 magazine.

January 2013: Why So Rigid?

Are we hearing too many “musts” in AA? One member thinks we might be

The message of Alcoholics Anonymous is being clouded lately by the ideas of many well-meaning members who have worked hard for their sobriety and are filled with gratitude. These well-meaning people have adapted to the idea that AA members are now teachers, leaders, sponsors who know what’s best. They believe new members should listen to learn and learn to listen. Hence, now we have become the messenger.

First, we tell them that they must have a sponsor. Second, we tell them that they must find God. Next, we tell them that they must have a home group. Then, we tell them they must call their sponsor every day, watch their language, show up, clean up and grow up. Finally, we tell them they must pray to God. If they fail to fulfill all of these requirements, they will get drunk!

-- Robert F.

Sequim, Washington

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