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What is NoNameYet A.A. all about?
The first thing we who have recovered do is to share with you our own past experience with these following hard facts about ourselves and our alcoholism as we A.A.s understand it:
1. We had become powerless over alcohol — we had lost all control — while drinking;
2. We had become just as powerless over alcohol — we could not stay sober — while sober;
3. We finally realized no human power — neither ourselves nor any other human being, counselor, minister, priest or whomever — could ever have provided us with permanent recovery from chronic alcoholism;
4. “Go see God [as you understand God]” had become our only hope just as Dr. Carl Jung had first suggested to the very earliest of A.A. members.
How can someone get started toward permanent recovery?
The people who first helped us come to terms with the above were doing what we A.A.s call “Twelfth-Step work” — looking at Step One (the problem) and Step Two (the solution) — and that is where we who have since recovered also will begin helping you. Then, we will next share our experience with Step Three where you will have the opportunity to decide for yourself about whether or not to continue with the recovery process by taking A.A.’s Steps Four through Nine.
Most of what we NoNameYet A.A. members call “today’s AA” will share something much different with you. At today’s AA, you will hear things such as “Don’t drink, one-day-at-a-time”…but we will share with you that we ended up at the original A.A. — see above — after any such attempts had repeatedly failed. Understanding the huge differences between today’s AA and the original A.A. might seem quite challenging at first, but all of that will become quite clear as we go along!
Will we pat you on the back for not drinking today? No, we will not. Instead, we will share our own experience with being completely unable to sustain complete abstinence while still in our own natural states. So then, what is the solution? From our book of hard-won experience:
“Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.
“The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.” (page 25
“I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.” –William D. Silkworth, M.D.
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