From the March 2019 magazine.

Our troublesome friend

A group in Georgia struggles with how to handle a most unruly member

Tradition Three: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Nobody liked him. In a Fellowship where almost all of us are unsavory in one way or another when we stumble in, he was a pariah. Reflecting on the several years I knew him, I am not sure why this was so. He was just one of those guys who set your teeth on edge the moment he walked up. That too is not really unusual in AA, in my experience. Maybe it was that he just didn’t seem to get any better in the months and years he was with us. Cloying, needy, socially awkward, guaranteed to say and do the wrong thing at the wrong time, he was pitiful, really. He made you uneasy just being around him.

-- Anonymous


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