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Two People Speaking the Same Language
He was able to connect with people in AA despite his Asperger's
I'm Sam, and I'm an alcoholic. And I also have Asperger's Syndrome, or AS. AS has shaped my alcoholism, and my recovery, in many ways.
We all pretty much know what an alcoholic is, but what's AS? It describes a different kind of brain wiring; it is not a mental illness. People with AS may be thought socially inept, odd, or just plan boring, but generally are not institutionalized or treated as special needs. Basically, people with AS find it difficult or impossible to "read" the non-verbal signals other people use. As a result, people with AS are socially awkward and find it...
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