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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

AA Has Helped Millions But IT IS NOT THE ONLY WAY OUT

Most of what we hear about recovery is from AA. I love AA and Alanon. They have come across some universal truths.

I have seen many people recover using their principals. I have also seen more than a few people recover or at least stop using drugs/alcohol without joining up. Interestingly, these people are using many of the 12 steps anyhow. 

I have great respect and well wishes for all the addicts in recovery no matter how they got to their recovery.

God Bless all of us who still suffer.


  1. Hallelujah and Amen! Each addict does it his or her own way. And for each addict and family member that utilizes the AA concepts with success, they have 100% success rate for themselves. For those that use other programs successfully, they have 100% success rate. I don't care how they do it, as long as they do it (get and stay clean and rejoin their families and society).

  2. I am curious what prompted this post. I agree with you. I have seen people succeed in recovery without AA/NA/Al-Anon, but have seen more recovery with the program.

    I never found the warm, welcoming type of Al-Anon group I read about so often, but I do apply a lot of the principals.

  3. Hi, I have been following your blog for a few months now. I appreciate your writing and the love that you continue to give to all in your family.
    For some reason, I wanted to respond to this post. I am a 41 YO Female who will have 9 months sobriety on 9/9/10! Woo Hoo! I got sober in AA and this is my first time in the program, although I have been in the program for one year and nine months because for the first year, I never completely surrendered.

    My two cents is this (and I too, say whatever works for you, go with it): Part of the AA principles/steps say that *I am powerless over alcohol and *no human power could have cured my alcoholism... with that, MY belief is that it took God to relieve me of my compulsion, so I don't believe that a rehab facility or doing it by yourself without God will work. But, again, that is JMHO and I am just blessed and greatful that I am sober and loving it!

    Best to you and yours and I will continue to follow your blog.
    Rebbie in FL

  4. Hi Anna - I've been keeping up with your blog and it sounds like Beth is doing much better and you too! Hope you had a nice weekend and you're both in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. You here just about everywhere that people can find recovery in their own way and I their own time but the truth is that AA through the guidance of God has proven to be the most suspenseful path to long term recovery.

    Why not stay with what works? Sure, if you try and try and don't find recovery in AA then try some anomaly

  6. I think that there are many ways to recover. AA and Al-Anon and other 12 step groups represent a way that has worked for many. But these programs may not be for everyone.