AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture by Christopher Cavanaugh

By Christopher Cavanaugh

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 realm at the present time, greater than million alcoholics and millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their habit, having stumbled on a brand new lifestyles via practising the 12-step software of restoration constructed through Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a manner of life--the 12-Step Culture.

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

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

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Those are pretty cut and dried questions, but they don’t go to your soul the way the ACOA laundry list does. ” I was always super responsible, always on time, never could say no. ” He said yes. I remember going home and telling Janice that I was bottoming out emotionally. She knew it from my behavior. I told her I was going to go to an ACOA group. I couldn’t decide if I was ready for ACOA or ready for a gun, but I figured I might be able to get some help. I walked into my first meeting, twelve years sober, supposedly knowing all there is to know about 12-Step recovery.

Bill was low on cash and depressed about his business failure. On a Saturday afternoon he stood in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel in Akron. Across the way sat the hotel lounge. Bill could hear the music, the sound of ice in the glasses, and the laughter. His alcoholic side thought that in the bar he could make a few friends and relax after his horrible setback. His sober side didn’t want to go back to the old life and felt panicky. Bill knew that he never wanted a drink when he actively tried to help another alcoholic quit drinking, so he went to the church directory in the lobby to search for a local pastor who could help him find another drunk to work with.

Today Jim successfully practices the 12 Steps to recover from all his addictive behavior. He now abstains from alcohol and compulsive eating, and he avoids being alone with women who trigger his sex addiction. Jim N. From Iowa A member of Gamblers Anonymous Abstinent from gambling for 2 years Jim started gambling on the golf course. As he got better and better at golf, he began to play against better golfers. These golfers played for money and Jim joined in. His new golf friends also bet on sports, and introduced Jim to a local bookie.

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