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"Where would I be without AA?" The Wackos at the Sober Recovery Forum

Here is a thread started over at the Sober Recovery forum titled “Where would I be without AA”. As I write this, it is an active thread, so we might be adding updates on this for a period of time. This is an interesting conversation to look at, because it contains a number of cult red flags.

It starts out with this post from “24hoursaday”:

i wonder from time to time.. but.. for myself i know the answer.. i would be dead and gone! sometimes when i see the court ordered folks come in and say how they have tried to stay sober in A.A. and failed.. i almost feel sorry for them.. but.. we all have our chances. i like my sponsor’s sponsor’s line.. “it’s pretty hard to pour a drink into a cup full of gratitude”

“i almost feel sorry for them”, she writes. Not quite, but almost. Although she isn’t compassionate towards them, she is grateful that they aren’t her, and she expresses this with a thought stopping slogan from her sponsor – “it’s pretty hard to pour a drink into a cup full of gratitude”.

Next, we get a couple of posts of emoticons (AAs love emoticons, by the way). Then we have “Pinkcuda” come in with this:

if it wasn’t for AA, where would we be driven to by this lash? I presume it would be to either the gates of insanity or death.

And TTOSBT writes:

Without AA?
It is doubtful I would be sober.
But I definitely would not have the peace and serenity I have today. And the friends, and the fun and, and….we could increase the list ad infinitum.

And this from “Justanothrdrunk”:

BEST case scenario without AA –
Drunk
Spouseless

Possibly-
Homeless
Jobless

Or worse.

I KNOW, deep down in my heart, that if I pick up another drink (even just one), at a minimum I lose 4 years of my life. That’s a minimum, best case…

See a trend here? None of these people are praising sobriety, or patting themselves on the back for mustering the fortitude to quit drinking. Continue reading "Where would I be without AA?" The Wackos at the Sober Recovery Forum