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 area this present day, greater than million alcoholics and thousands of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their dependancy, having chanced on a brand new lifestyles by way of training the 12-step software of restoration constructed via Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have advanced right into a approach of life--the 12-Step Culture.

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

AA to Z is the 1st publication to record the richness and variety of the lives of recuperating humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this special lifestyle. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is created from real-life tales of...

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Greg thinks this is what’s enabled him to stay sober, along with his faith in God and good sponsorship. Sobriety has been good to Greg. While he struggled with work and relationships as an active alcoholic, he now enjoys a challenging job and has a new love in his life. In just three years his life has completely changed. , and at least once a day he thanks God for the fellowship. Jim C. From Iowa A member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous Sober 20 years, practicing OA for 10 years Jim’s problems began as a sex addict in his teen years.

I’m not sure what happened that night—whether the minister gave a sermon that caught me, or it was the testimony of others about how God changed their life—but when they did the altar call at the end I went up. I went up to the altar and said a prayer asking God to come into my heart. A major transformation took place that night. I had a very profound spiritual experience, or in religious terms I felt the Holy Spirit. I remember going back to the pew, and my friend was freaking out. He said, “Man, what are you doing?

If you read something here that does not sit well with your program, as you understand it, I urge you to disregard it. Follow the suggestion of my friends from Al-Anon—take what you like and leave the rest. Happy recovery! Jack’s Story Jack had his twenty-year sobriety anniversary two days before he told this story. My story begins in 1955, when I was born into a family with a mother in therapy trying to find out why her marriage was failing. My parents separated in 1958, when I was three. My younger brother, the fifth son, was born that year, coming into the world with a mother and father completing a divorce.

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