New PDF release: AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture

By Christopher Cavanaugh

ISBN-10: 0307758567

ISBN-13: 9780307758569

What does a codependent say to his mate while he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting

Throughout the area this present day, greater than million alcoholics and millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their habit, having came upon a brand new existence through working towards the 12-step application of restoration constructed via Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a approach of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not consider my first assembly, yet i have been informed that I talked for a very lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous

AA to Z is the 1st e-book to record the richness and variety of the lives of improving humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this designated way of life. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is constructed from real-life tales of...

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Name ought never be drawn into public controversy. 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films. 12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are reprinted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. A. A. agrees with the views expressed herein. A.

I put the half can of beer on the table and asked the guy if we could go home. That was my last drink. It’s the only time I can remember having only half a can of beer. Because I was a compulsive person and if I had one, I’d need sixteen. I’d go to parties and if the host had a couple of cases, I’d take a couple of six-packs and hide them in the bushes and go back to the party and drink what was left. I’d make sure I had extra if the party ran out. That half can of beer was my bottom. I wrote a letter to God, which I had never done before, saying, “Dear God, I don’t know what I’m going to do.

If you read something here that does not sit well with your program, as you understand it, I urge you to disregard it. Follow the suggestion of my friends from Al-Anon—take what you like and leave the rest. Happy recovery! Jack’s Story Jack had his twenty-year sobriety anniversary two days before he told this story. My story begins in 1955, when I was born into a family with a mother in therapy trying to find out why her marriage was failing. My parents separated in 1958, when I was three. My younger brother, the fifth son, was born that year, coming into the world with a mother and father completing a divorce.

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