Blevins: A program that works

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To the editor:

I was happy to read the front page article, “Rebuilding Lives,” in the Saturday Morning Press.

I was disappointed that no mention was made of the oldest and most successful drug treatment program – Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA.

AA was founded in the 1930s by a group of people addicted to the drug alcohol, but long ago realized that addiction to any drug is basically the same. So don’t be put off by the name. Groups are largely autonomous and sometimes have restrictions such as alcohol-addicted or women only.

Most groups and AA in general are open to people with an addiction to any drug, including meth and alcohol.

AA does require acceptance of a higher power, but it doesn’t have to be Jesus or any other recognized deity. It refers to God as we understand him.

The AA “Big Book” has a whole chapter devoted to agnostics. I knew a woman who used trees to represent her higher power.

Since AA is made up of people who have reached depths that most people could never understand, it is, above all else, accepting of people as they are. The only requirement is a desire to stop using.

There are at least four meetings each week, and they are open to anyone with a desire to arrest an addiction to meth or any drug (including alcohol).

These are currently held in the rear of 630 Green Street at 1 p.m. Sundays, and 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

There is also a meeting for women only at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

There is no cost for AA. While you will be asked for a contribution to help cover costs, there is absolutely no requirement that you make a contribution. You can contact Bud at 824-1793, or ask me for more information.

The datebook in the Craig Daily Press normally lists times and places for meetings.

Jim Blevins

Comments

FredSomeone 4 years, 3 months ago

I believe the writer, Jim Blevins, is misinformed regarding membership in Alcoholics Anonymous. The following is the preamble to Alcoholics Anonymous: A.A. PREAMBLE Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope which each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Copyright © by The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.; reprinted with permission

The primary purpose of AA is stated in the last paragraph. Here is a link to a pamphlet published by Alcoholics Anonymous regarding drugs and AA. - http://www.aa.org/pdf/products/p-35_ProOtherThanAlcohol1.pdf It is Very Informative to both AA and non-AA members alike.

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als362 4 years, 3 months ago

I know for a fact that AA helped me with my drinking problem. I would recommend that organization to anyone with a substance abuse problem that is looking for help. Their program does work.

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native_craig_guy 4 years, 3 months ago

Programs like AA simply substitute an addiction to alcohol for an addiction to faith. People think that they are weak and that is why they clutch so tightly to their religious texts. People have been brainwashed by organized religion to feel helpless and that they need an "external" force to help them be a decent person. Religion is a crutch, while I am not a Marxist I do believe that Karl was correct in his assessment of religion (Opiate of the masses). The truth is that people do not need crutches, they are more than capable of doing most anything with the proper application of self control and desire. The sad part is that organized religion teaches us that we are weak, flawed and sinners. So we spend our lives attempting to live by an antiquated code of ethics and read one of the most popular fiction books ever, as it was compiled by a roman emperor in the 3rd century. Yep, I just said the bible is a fiction book loosely based on the life of a carpenter. Anyways, back to the AA thing. Some people have addictive personalities (i.e. lack of self control) and they simply substitute a bottle for a book. No one is actually fixing the problem that these people have. They are simply substituting one addiction for another. Wouldn't it be better to address the underlying problem, as opposed to masking it? A loudmouth drunk is only slightly more annoying than a loudmouth born again christian, at least you can call the cops on a drunk. It is too bad that people do not have as much faith in themselves.

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als362 4 years, 3 months ago

I think it is truly a shame that native_craig_guy is so unsure of himself that he must ridicule others that are very sure of themselves.
Religion is not a crutch, it is a belief. Just because you have nothing to place your trust in, don't put down those that do. Do you know every person that has gone through an AA program? Because knowing every person is the only way you can make the statements you have made. If you don't know them all then your words are without meaning. Sort of like you.

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native_craig_guy 4 years, 2 months ago

ALS- I think that it is rather funny that you state that I am unsure of myself. Just because I have different believes that most does not mean that I am "unsure". All too often people seem to lump "religion" into the definition of what makes a "good person". You state that my life is without meaning and that is rather ignorant. Do not assume that a belief in god is what this world is really about. My life is full of meaning and I would not change anything about my life. I live by a socially acceptable code of ethics, I love my family, I work hard, I volunteer in the community and donate money to help those less fortunate. My life is meaningful. Maybe you should read up on your history and take an objective look at how religion has been/is being used in the history of society. People use religion to provide answers to things that they do not have a rational explanation for. Humans need to rationalize thier environment. At the dawn of the human race a set of beliefs was established to explain everything from the sun rising to weather patterns. BTW- Using your same logic, how do you base your assertions about AA? Do YOU know everyone who has went through the program? There is a thing called statistics, look it up.

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