From the June 1982 magazine.

Don't Tell Us What to Do!

Tradition 9 - AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve

ONE OF MY lifelong hostilities used to be directed squarely at fraternal associations, societies, and all other kind of organizations. It seems to have stemmed from the fact that I could not bear being told what to do or how to do it. Besides that, drinking or not, I never understood what was going on. When people talked about purposes and goals, my mind would go blank.

When I had my last drink, in 1960, and began attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, I came in contact with so many people that I was sure AA would turn out to be just another big organization. If so, that meant bosses, competition, and favoritism, a troika I had never been able to deal with successfully. I feared that my newfound sobriety would be short-lived.

-- W. H.

Manhattan, New York

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