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April 1999

PO Box 1980

For the sake of our sobriety

Occasionally, the question is asked: "How long will Alcoholics Anonymous last?" All institutions degenerate, and so it is conceivable that someday those who follow the AA program will allow their practice to degenerate into formalism, imposing membership requirements, insisting on rigid adherence to certain rules, conducting meetings according to some inflexible pattern, and stringently applying various theories and doctrines about "disease" or "codependency" or whatever. In such a setting, the Twelve Steps could be scorned or, worse, given only lip service.

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