mwalimu wrote:Someone cautioned against AA - because of the deep Christian roots/philosophy of the organisation. AA wouldn't be my first choice either, because of this. But according to their website they are completly non-affiliated. Does anyone know the real deal here?
I've never been to an AA meeting, but I learned over a decade ago that my older brother felt he had a serious substance abuse problem. He has been very successful at his career in the hospitality industry (hotels and restaurants), but he used to drink excessively on the job. When meeting with clients it was standard practice to have a double whatever, followed by another double, and what the heck, maybe one more, followed by a bottle of wine with the meal. When not meeting with clients he liked to smoke pot, apparently too often. I wasn't aware of this at the time, but he later told me his wife almost left him over his use of substances.
So he started attending AA. Although no one in my family has ever been a churchgoer, and we're all pretty turned off by Christianity, AA was an astounding success for my bro. He hasn't had a drink or a toke in over 10 years, despite the fact that he's an outstanding cook, eats very well and others often drink good wines and beers in his company, and he doesn't even seem to be the least bit tempted.
My understanding is that AA talks about a higher power, but it's not necessarily a/the Christian God. In any event, one can't argue with success. My bro was not turned into a panty-waist churchgoer, but he did kick his problem, so I'm sold on the system. If I ever felt I had a substance abuse problem I would definitely consider AA, NA, etc.