Sunday, October 24, 2010
Is there any hope to reclaim A.A. or do we have to go underground?
Rob B. posed a question which could stand on its own as a topic here;
"I went to a meeting last night that was loosely disguised as an AA meeting, I e-mailed Jim about it but would like to hear some discussion on the Anda's of the world and if there is anything we can do to reclaim this fellowship or is it to far gone? It disturbs me to think the real deal will have to find an underground group in order to find people who can help him recover."
So, there are meetings I go to where guys who identify themselves as addicts are actually chairing the meetings... meetings that are in the CSO list as an A.A. meeting. Some identify as andas and some just addicts. I often wonder what they think as they hear the preamble, How It Works, and Traditions read.
At our Oksoberfest about 8 years ago, we had a reader read the preamble and he screwed around and added the words "or addict" during his reading. They were introducing the speaker whom was guess who? None other than Paul Martin (R.I.P.) He ripped the commitee and tho whole bunch a new one and spent about the first 10 minutes of his share talking about unity and the mess and danger that our fellowship has become.
But you guys know the deal... doggoneit! Only one druggie buggie.