WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS?
At an ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS ( A.A. ) meeting, the alcoholic finds people who know the pain, loneliness, fear, and hopelessness that he has been living with, all the while thinking, “I’m different. Nobody really understands what I’m going through!” As other alcoholics describe their lives under the influence of alcohol, the newcomer realizes that no theories or generalities are being presented.These are people who understand because they have lived through these emotions and experiences. If they have lived through the same emotions andexperiences of degradation and despair, there can be no judgment involved. Before this, the guilt, remorse, and ensuing judgment, by others and oneself,have been reinforcing the drinking pattern.
The alcoholic has now met people who truly understand. The A.A. members then say, “I found out I had a disease, and I found a way to arrest it.” There is recognition of the suffering person’s condition, and …
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