Our behavior will convince them more than words.
—Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pg. 83
Our example may be the only Big Book a person ever reads. Who we are and how we act may be the difference in whether a friend, acquaintance, or family member ever seeks out help. The Big Book says, ” . . . we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world’s troubles on our shoulders.” (p. 132).
Yesterday I was watching one of the Discovery channels and Pax Prentice the son of Chris who wrote the book the “Alcoholism and Addiction Cure” on a paid commercial said “this is not the twelve steps, this works”. Insinuating that the 12 steps do not work! Hmmmmm now the folks that wrote the twelve steps or at least published them made it a point to add twelve traditions that state they should be a program of “attraction rather than promotion”. After more than 75 years and millions of lives saved with possibly billions of years of recovery time logged someone that is selling a book and an overpriced rehabilitation center with 10 years of abstinence is going to bash the twelve steps?
Now that is funny, I don’t care who you are. I am gonna go out on a limb here and say I am positive it is not about selling more books or making more money, his heart is in it! Do I believe that the traditional twelve step approach is the only way to sobriety? Not a chance, but if you look deep inside these other programs you can see the twelve steps mixed right on in there! Some of these programs steer clear of the spiritual nature of recovery however, poll their members and you will see that as a result of their program their folks have an increased sense of spirituality as they recover.
Life is gooooood!
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