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Old October 12th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #1
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This weekend, I'm going to my first ever AA meeting. AmA.

I thought this would be a great opportunity for everyone here to watch the machine in motion. There was an odd "all up in your business" thread that kind of turned into an OFG hack job as far as I'm concerned.

any who, would any of you guys be interested in asking questions about this weird shit? I'm pretty fucking nervous about the "religious" tones, myself.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 01:07 AM   #2
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Are you an alcoholic, or a tourist?

This is a serious question, BTW. I don't mean to offend if you're going for treatment (for yourself). It's just that I've done the Fight Club'esque tourist thing years ago with someone I knew who was an actual alcoholic.

Something I've learned since is that not all AA chapters are very 'religious'. The one I visited in New Orleans was basically like church (seriously), and I figured most were that way, but I'm told others aren't really like that at all.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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I've been to a few meetings with my girl, from the ones that I went to they pushed more of the "higher power" terminology than God. Basically, you could say that a chair is the higher power if thats what works for you. The meetings were in the basement of a church and I was expecting it to be an infomercial on how god can save your soul, but i was wrong; Religion barely came up.

I've learned quite a bit about alcoholism since the old "all up in your business" days, I thought I was a borderline for years but just realised I was a binge drinker; My fiancee on the other hand could not stop, physically and mentally COULD NOT stop drinking. She polished between a 5th and half gallon of Kassers Vodka everyday without fail. She is celebrating her 1 year clean anniversary on Oct. 27th

Just ftr, if you can find your way to an NA meeting the girls are much hotter....

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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:00 AM   #4
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Was there a specific event that made you realize that you were no longer in control?

Why can't you just stop? I used to go out multiple times a week and drink enough to qualify as having a problem (4-8 hours of constant social drinking). I never thought of it as a problem as I was functioning just fine. I moved away from that social group and haven't really drunk often since then. When I have, there have been multiple occassions where I drank and the consequences were severe (gambling beyond my means, fighting with family, etc.) It didn't take long for me to associate that alcohol greatly exacerbated those problems. Nowadays I'm very careful about when, where, and with whom I'll have more than a couple beers. But never did I feel that I couldn't stop. I can easily have one beer and not feel like I need to have another. I've got a fridge full of beer right now and I haven't drunk one in ages. It's not calling my name the way junk food might when I'm hungry. It's just there. Is it different for you? Are you compelled to drink?
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I think many people underestimate alcoholism. Somebody who becomes physically dependent on alcohol could die if they just quit cold turkey.
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AA is the biggest cult going these days that's not recognized as a religion. There is literally zero evidence that they do anything at all to help people recover from addiction. They're completely anti-science to prevent people from getting real help. Their cannon does in fact state that only God can help you. They attempt to alienate their members from their families and replace them.

Just read: http://www.silkworth.net/sociology/Soc63OCR.pdf

In fact, every addict I know who got clean did it without AA, and every addict in know who went the AA route is still an addict.

Indra, bro, my advice is to GO TO A PSYCHOLOGIST. Get treatment. The "Big Book" is a big book of fucking faith healing total bullshit written by a damn televangelist.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/russel...b_1340000.html

AA, in many cases, has a less than zero success rate, meaning that it actually keeps people addicted.

Oh, and read this too: http://www.orange-papers.org

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My name is Ryan and I am an alcoholic. My sobriety date is 5/31/1992.
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I went to an AA meeting once. Didn't seem very cult-y to me.
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I went to an AA meeting once. Didn't seem very cult-y to me.
I went to my friends NA meeting when she got her 1year chip. People shared stories, supported each other, then we ate cake. Somehow I left unindoctrinated. My friend is still sober, 2 years strong.
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