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Secrets and Embargoes

Alcoholics Anonymous, for me, as an organisation, has got to be the most transparent of any I have been part of. But there does have to be some “secrets and embargoes” within AA or it just doesn’t work! Transparency at most levels of service should be as open as it can possibly be. Some examples […]

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The Only Copy of the Big Book

I am an alcoholic. There are a number of sayings that do not seem to appear in our literature that have become ‘AA Speak’. One of these is ‘You may be the only version of the book Alcoholics Anonymous that someone sees’. – …And for that I am responsible. I was recently blessed to be […]

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Safeguarding Whom?

On receiving a recent communication on Safeguarding Standards in AA from the General Service Board (GSB) through our General Secretary, I got to thinking: How did we get to this point? Along with my sponsor, I was just over 90 days sober, I went to my first ever intergroup meeting way back in the last […]

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The Nodding Steps

  Step 6, the first of the Nodding Steps: I found after the cathartic release of completing (if we ever complete anything) the 5th step with my sponsor, that I was eager to move on to make my amends list and the direct amends to persons I had harmed. I only had one or two […]

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