BB Kate wrote:STep 9,
If AAs measure of success is a normal life of sobriety, without drinking - success rates MUST be quite low.
Very few of us stay sober permanently.
BB Kate wrote:Or is the AA program perfect and those who bust or leave are to be considered dishonest, egotistical or cowardly?
BB Kate wrote:?Henry Porter, Do you feel that the AA Program is infallable, perfect? And that even those who try their hardest, really give it their all, are to be blamed
Surely there are some circumstances where people's criticisms of AA or its members are valid. Or is AA beyond reproach, improvement or growth?
But you raise an interesting question. Some on this forum say 'AA doesn't work for everybody', but is this true? Or is the AA program perfect and those who bust or leave are to be considered dishonest, egotistical or cowardly?
avaneesh912 wrote:There are some rigid guidelines that are to be followed. And it is very difficult. Those members that try we could safely say will succeed.
There are several instances of the book that talks about this:
To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book (Forwards)
Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by three dozen personal experiences. (there is A Solution)
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. (How it works, it says followed our path)
Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery: (Also from How it works, it does not say we went to 90 in 90 or sat in the Living Sober Discussion Meetings or went to lot of Open Discussion meetings)
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