Blevins: A program that works
September 6, 2010
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.
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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.