October 16, 2013

Alcoholics Anonymous: dominated by men?

Alcoholics Anonymous and social workers: Some criticisms and responses Part 1   It would seem there are many social workers and other professionals who have submitted a number of criticisms of Alcoholics Anonymous. These are: Excessive male orientation and neglect of social divisions Adherence to a medical model/disease model The […]
October 14, 2013

Trying to cut down or to stop drinking

I knew I had to cut down on my drinking. I thought this would do the trick. However, as my drinking got out of control, it began to impact heavily on my day to day life. I tried all ways to control my drinking from moderate drinking to having a […]
July 26, 2013

Alcoholics Anonymous and the principle of being of service

In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), ‘service’ alongside ‘unity’ and ‘recovery’ is a key principle of the program. It may appear that service has a blatant interpretation to it but it has the potential to cause some confusion when it is used as a manipulative way to attempt to control others. What […]
December 29, 2012

Why go to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has existed for around 80 years and all the known ways of living a fulfilled and sober life will be known by its many members around the world. There are over 5 million meetings that exist in over 150 countries around the world. In these meetings you […]
November 12, 2012

The first 5 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

The twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are considerably less well known than the Twelve Steps. I do not know anyone that can recite them all by heart – though I will test this over the coming days with those who I believe are most immersed in AA! The first Tradition […]