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By Christopher Cavanaugh

ISBN-10: 0307758567

ISBN-13: 9780307758569

What does a codependent say to his mate whilst 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 millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their dependancy, having came across a brand new lifestyles via practising the 12-step software of restoration constructed via Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a approach of life--the 12-Step Culture.

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

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

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Practice of these principles offers much more than freedom from addiction—it changes people and totally transforms them into new beings. For the first time in their lives, recovering people know that they fit in somewhere and that everything is going to be OK. Through the years, the people who live a 12-Step life have formed a unique culture, with a language, history, and set of customs all its own. This book attempts to document that culture. Through research, reading 12-Step literature, attending open meetings of several fellowships, and in-depth interviews with thirteen members of various 12-Step programs, I have assembled the basic language, history, lore, and humor of the 12-Step culture.

A. unity. 2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. 3. A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. 4. A. as a whole. 5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. 6. A. A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

I moseyed my way through the next couple of years, with the first three steps. I went to a step study group and got cornered by some steppies. They called me on not working the program hard enough and told me it was time to do step four. I had bullshitted my way through this group for six months by saying I had done the steps in my old group, but I never had. I never did an honest fourth and fifth step. Six different people got six different versions. I needed to truly bare my soul to someone. A.

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