AA Fundamentalism

AA Fundamentalism

  Eventually, all in recovery will come up against so-called “book thumpers” in AA meetings.  Thumpers are well-intentioned AA members who stress the book Alcoholics Anonymous (aka “Big Book”) as the ultimate and final source of all matters of recovery. Not just the writing as a whole, but the words themselves, line-by-line. Fundamentalists I call…

Compassion v. Tone Deafness

Compassion v. Tone Deafness

Now is the time to show compassion at AA meetings. Give Tough Love and Ego Smashing a Break The euphemistically labeled “tough love and ego smashing good-old-days of AA” had its time. Today it has mostly been replaced by a more compassionate tone. Some like this change, others don’t. Personally, the ribbing and jocularity I…