From the September 2013 magazine.

September 2013: Don't Hug Me!

Sometimes it takes a while to warm up to AA's cheery ways

I recently heard, on two separate occasions, members of AA gently chide a group for not having a greeter at the door. Having someone stand at the door saying hello, shaking hands, or even hugging people as they enter isn’t welcoming to me—it’s scary. And that’s how I feel after 17 years sober. If it’d happened to me in my early days of my sobriety I would’ve run like hell. I understand that this is standard practice, even a custom, in some places. Many people feel relieved to be noticed and happy to be greeted directly. It’s a matter of perspective. They did not do this at...

-- Anonymous