From the March 2019 magazine.

Outside issue?

A few nights ago I was at a very lively local AA meeting. Its format includes four 15-minute speakers, and I’ve found it to be a refreshing departure from the 40-minute circuit-speaker pitch.

I couldn’t help noticing when the first speaker mentioned, while describing an incident from his past, that he had been “drinking and doing outside issues.” Then the second speaker did the same thing, and, not surprisingly, so did the third. It occurred to me that these relatively new members—all from the same home group—had been coached, probably by old-timers whose intent was to preserve AA’s singleness of purpose.

-- Dan H.

Oceanside, California

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