Members of AA trade one addiction, for another equally powerful but much more subtle "church like" addiction. Where everyone moans about their problems and makes a big to do about everything in their lives. Feeding their ego's drama,and coffee...LOT's of coffee. More often than not,more cigarette smoke fills the rooms than is found in busy bars. You are repeatedly extolled, in a monotone chant, to "Keep coming back, it works if you work it!". It, in this case, being the AA path.
Outside of the 30 minutes of reading in monotone, chanting cliche's and catch phrases as faithfully as a catholic does Hail Mary's and Our Father's, they talk about their miserable lives before AA. As if they were worthless until they could tell the most horrible story of their life followed by one about how they triumphed again by following it...the path. . So that everyone cheers and claps them on the back. Again, reinforcing that without AA they would be miserable or dead. They solemnly chant catchy mantra's in monotone,with an occasional placement of higher power slipped in. Like How it works, The Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, and the Preamble
Surrendering all their power and self will over to the institution of AA. They are told dramatically, that they are finished; that they most certainly will die, go to prisons, or mental hospitals, unless of course, they follow "path" laid out by the "Big" book. In the end though, the book is only a means of tearing you down and building you back up as a faithfully obedient drone of the "program."
Bill Wilson, in my opinion, was nothing more than a dysfunctional megalomaniac, and a cheap salesman, that manufactured a gimmick that would place him at the top. He could have ranked up their with the likes of Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, L Ron Hubbard or Mary Baker Eddy, had he less dysfunction and more ambition. He did leave a legacy of anonymous programs. Programs of manipulation that are gladly used by government agencies, in much the same way religions are used. To catch and control.
One could say that the Anonymous program was invented in order to catch those that the church could not. either way, it is my experience that there are much more rational healthy ways to get and maintain control of ones life than just hoping from church cult to pseudo-church cult.
If anyone thinks they have recovered from religion but are caught up in an anonymous cult. You can do what a lot of us do and simply take responsibility for your life and stop doing shit that doesn't work for you. or there are more rational organizations you might get more useful things from anyhow. I'v Listed one below.
Secular Organizations For Sobriety
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