One of the basic realities of Alcoholics Anonymous is that none of us as individuals represent AA as a whole. Each of us represents only ourselves. When we share, we tell what it was like for us, what happened to us, and what it is like for us now. Or, as it is sometimes differently put, we share our experience, strength, and hope. Any of us is free to walk into an AA meeting and say whatever is on our mind. In this regard, AA is supremely democratic. There is no condition that what we say must conform to any dogma or doctrine.
This wonderful freedom of thought and speech means that...
-- Russ H.
Walnut Creek, California