if you aren’t, chances are that you never set foot in an AA meeting and therefore weren’t
subjected to AA myth and lie #1 Gazillion. If, however, you were duped into
their loony club for any length of time, you most certainly heard it 100's of times. For those
that don’t know, let me explain what it is and why they like to promote the idea so much.
The term is used to describe people who leave AA and supposedly then have a nasty, mean,
arrogant, and/or selfish disposition about them. The AA explanation, of course, is that they
lost their spiritual balance by leaving the group and now they are acting just like they did
when they were out drinking. Did it ever occur to them that maybe they were just nasty,
mean, arrogant and selfish people to begin with? Furthermore, that part of their true personality
probably didn’t come through in AA meetings because you are told to shut up and listen and
basically speak in only AAisms, slogans and praise the holy blue book of lies.
That’s one of the major problems with AA; it doesn’t uncover any of the things that made you
an unhappy person to begin with nor does it offer any truly useful ideas towards evolving and
becoming a more complete human being. Developing a sin list (4th step) and confessing said
sins to your sponsor (5th step) is as close as it gets and all that really amounts to is a guilt trip
that is designed to convince you how “defective” you are and how much you need their “program".
Even more curious and lame is that they use the same “dry drunk” term to describe people who
leave AA that are happy and living purposeful and authentic lives. They simply can't take the fact
that people leave and are beyond OK. It destroys their dire BS predictions of (Death, insanity or institutions) if you leave. I recently ran into an AAhole who stopped me in the supermarket and YELLED at me; "A dry drunk like you shouldn't be giving people false hope with what's in your blasphemous book!"
Wow, I just laughed and said, thanks for the compliment, run along now, you don't want to be late
for your meeting. I would say that 3 years is indeed a pretty lengthy dry drunk bender :-)
So if you’ve been sober for a few weeks or a few months, CONTRATULATIONS.
At this point you are probably feeling a lot better both emotionally and physically. You should be
proud as Hell and there is nothing wrong with letting the world know it. YOU did it and you should
joyously and exuberantly acknowledge that fact.
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