He is also a member of a supposedly growing number of supposedly "secular" AA splinter groups that don't utilize the "Big Book" or the STEPS as they were written. That's kind of like the Catholic Church holding atheist meetings and stating that the Bible is superfluous. If you were to make such changes it would no longer be the Catholic church just as these rogue meetings are no longer AA. It's like trying shove the proverbial square in a round hole....
Anyway, here was part of my response....
The Big Book says lot's of things and contradicts itself all over the place. It may say recovered, but it is "suggested' that you attend their crazy cult for life talking about alcohol endlessly and forever working a bunch of Steps that in no way even address alcohol dependency, than that's not recovered in my opinion. Recovered means putting it in the past where it belongs and moving on with your life. You don't need lifetime participation in a "program" to stick to a simple decision.
I certainly don't need a "daily reminder" that drinking a fifth of vodka daily is going to lead to less than favorable outcomes.
Anyway, this is all besides the point that AA is in no doubt religious, rogue splinter groups notwithstanding.
From said Blue Book come these inarguable quotes;
Pages 70-71 from "How it Works" which is the blueprint of this "program",
"In this book you will read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope that you are now convinced that God has removed whatever self-will has blocked you off from him."
This is nothing more than FAITH HEALING and the directive to surrender your self-will is the worst advice possible for anyone dealing with trying to overcome a dependency issue.
There is NOTHING secular about this organization, its fellowship or its religous dogmatic directives contained right with it's very 12 commandments.
Hope you all had a nice holiday celebrating whatever it is you celebrate, be that Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or Festivas for the rest of us :-)
PS, Next year according to the Chinese Calendar, is the year of the sheep.......Now that will be worthy of a blog entry!