(freedom from alcohol)
through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps,
is the sole purpose of an AA group.
Groups have repeatedly tried other activities and they have always failed.
by Bill W. -- A.A. Grapevine, February, 1958

AA meetings...
A difference of format, purpose, and value.

Original source of article below:

The Fellowship of AA has become ineffective... (??)

This statement may raise the blood pressure of the AA member that does indeed love the 'AA Fellowship' and finds comfort in the rooms of AA.

The 'Program of Recovery' spelled out in detail in the first 164 pages, doctor's opinion and the forwards is proven to be effective. That is the 'Program of Recovery' not the 'Fellowship of AA'.

The point being made by this statement appears to be that the 'Fellowship of AA' is not an effective treatment for the spiritual malody effecting the true alcoholic.

Which brings us to the format of 'Solution Based Meetings' as a method of sharing a message of hope to the newcomer and those trying to find a way out.

"Sobriety--the freedom from alcohol--through the teaching and practice of the twelve steps is the sole purpose of an A.A. group." Bill W., The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., February 1958
(Affirmed as a guiding principle of A.A. and approved by the A.A. General Service Conference in 1969, 1970 and 1972.)

The Twelve Steps are designed to free the individual through spiritual awakening - not to enslave him to a fellowship that "Just doesn't drink". When folks, especially those sober for a while - come to AA meetings to "Become a part of" so that "Together we can do it" or "So I can get MY LIFE BACK" they are circumventing the sole purpose of the AA group - recreating a NEW purpose which was never intended by the co-founders.

Of what good is it for a newcomer that is a real alcoholic to "feel like I belong" or to gain "friends I never had before" or to have "a place to go" instead of bar if he is not learning how we got back to God so God could remove the obsession to drink forever?

Certainly one would have to agree that there is a great deal of power in any AA meeting. Also the 'Fellowship of AA' is a tremendous tool for the 'recovered alcoholic' to find a newcomer to help. It is certainly not the goal of to denigrate the 'Fellowship of AA' with the visible publication that includes the statement: 'The Fellowship of AA has become ineffective'....

The article is published on our site and the source is revealed. It is our hope that this page clarifies our feelings about that statement.

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Alcoholics Anonymous - Page 17: The tremendous fact for everyone of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.

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