Fellowship greetings to all!
Some new members have recently registered at our NoNameYet site and have also been added to this discussion list, and hopefully this e-mail will prove helpful.
Our autonomous NoNameYet A.A. fellowship group carries the original A.A. message of permanent recovery from chronic alcoholism, and we are very aware of the various differences between the original A.A. message and the message or messages more commonly heard within today’s AA. To read a little about that, maybe have a look here: https://www.nonameyet.org/aa-or-a-a/
For the record, we have no issues with today’s AA and we do not ever mean to speak against anything or anyone anywhere. Rather, and with the alcoholic who cannot stop drinking in mind, we only ever mean to portray this:
“That the man (or woman) who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that s/he obviously knows what s/he is talking about, that his/her whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that s/he is a wo/man with a real answer, that s/he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured – these are the conditions we have found most effective. After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again.” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, pages 18-19)
Some of us first tried what we now know as “today’s AA” prior to our actual recoveries, so sometimes we do make mention of something like this:
Many people might try to suggest you actually can stop drinking just one-day-at-a-time if you have sufficient “support” for trying to do so, but that failed completely for many of us prior to A.A. and we have since learned these truths about ourselves and our alcoholism:
“…something more than human power is needed to produce the essential psychic change.” (“The Doctor’s Opinion” in “Alcoholics Anonymous“, the book)
“…probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.” (page 60)
So, please be cautious about not falling into today’s trap of not drinking one-day-at-a-time until you again end up drunk and then again not drinking one-day-at-a-time until you again end up drunk and then again not drinking one-day-at-a-time until you again end up drunk…rinse and repeat until dead.