(freedom from alcohol)
through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps,
is the sole purpose of an AA group.
Groups have repeatedly tried other activities and they have always failed.
by Bill W. -- A.A. Grapevine, February, 1958
A difference of format, purpose, and value.
Original source of article below: www.Route164.net
The Fellowship of AA has become ineffective...
This statement may raise the blood pressure of the AA member that does
indeed love the 'AA Fellowship' and finds comfort in the rooms of AA.
The 'Program of Recovery' spelled out in detail in the first 164 pages,
doctor's opinion and the forwards is proven to be effective. That is
the 'Program of Recovery' not the 'Fellowship of AA'.
The point being made by this statement appears to be that the 'Fellowship
of AA' is not an effective treatment for the spiritual malody
effecting the true alcoholic.
Which brings us to the format of 'Solution Based Meetings' as a method
of sharing a message of hope to the newcomer and those trying to find
a way out.
"Sobriety--the freedom from alcohol--through the teaching and
practice of the twelve steps is the sole purpose of an A.A. group."
Bill W., The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., February 1958
(Affirmed as a guiding principle of A.A. and approved by the A.A. General
Service Conference in 1969, 1970 and 1972.)
The Twelve Steps are designed to free the individual through spiritual
awakening - not to enslave him to a fellowship that "Just doesn't
drink". When folks, especially those sober for a while - come to
AA meetings to "Become a part of" so that "Together we
can do it" or "So I can get MY LIFE BACK" they are circumventing
the sole purpose of the AA group - recreating a NEW purpose which was
never intended by the co-founders.
Of what good is it for a newcomer that is a real alcoholic to "feel
like I belong" or to gain "friends I never had before"
or to have "a place to go" instead of bar if he is not learning
how we got back to God so God could remove the obsession to drink forever?
Certainly one would have to agree that there
is a great deal of power in any AA meeting. Also the 'Fellowship
of AA' is a tremendous tool for the 'recovered alcoholic' to
find a newcomer to help. It is certainly not the goal of 164FL.com to
denigrate the 'Fellowship of AA' with the
visible publication that includes the statement: 'The Fellowship of
AA has become ineffective'....
The article is published on our site and the source is revealed. It
is our hope that this page clarifies our feelings about that statement.
While you are thinking though, here is more to
"Why We Should Study the Big Book?" download full PDF: Click
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Page 17: The tremendous
fact for everyone of us is that we have discovered a common solution.
We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we
can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news
this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.
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based meetings that focus on the 'Solution' found in the first 164 pages
of the basic text. This site does not represent the views of Alcoholics
Anonymous, the AA General Service Office, AA World Services, The AA
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