Magazine

From the July 2019 magazine.

Discussion Topic

First impressions of AA

When the writer of “What Kind of Cult Is This?” first came into AA, he heard people sharing and thought he didn’t belong. But luckily, his therapist suggested he try a different AA meeting. That seemed to help. At that meeting he identified, and got a sponsor and a Big Book. “The secret things I felt, thought and did were all in there,” he writes about the book. He hasn’t had a drink in 29 years. 

Did you have a difficult time when you first came to AA? What are some thoughts you had in your first meeting? What are some things that eventually helped you stay? Did listening to members’ shares help? How about the literature or slogans? Do you sometimes still have trouble identifying or feel like you don’t fit in? 

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