AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture by Christopher Cavanaugh

By Christopher Cavanaugh

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 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 working towards the 12-step software of restoration built via Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a means of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not bear in mind 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 booklet to record the richness and variety of the lives of recuperating humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this special culture. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is created from real-life tales of...

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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.

Or about our neighbors going to the police chief to tell him to get the boys out of the house because my mother was going crazy again. One time she locked my oldest brother out of the house and he had to go next door for help. She never told me these things. She was always the victim and my father was a bastard. ” My mother still doesn’t admit any of it. She’s just celebrated twenty-seven years of sobriety, and has built up greater protection from her pain now than ever before. On the other hand, when my dad and I had a talk about all this ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) stuff, thirty years later, he looked me right in the eye and said, “Jack, it was horrible what you kids had to go through.

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. where I felt as though I belonged. A. That lasted about seven years, until I was ten years sober. At ten years, life inside began to get pretty shitty. I was a young old-timer. I had a good job, a condo, I was married and had a son. People looked up to me.

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