All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful.Tradition Three states that “the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking” which reminds us that membership is open to everyone, regardless of their gender, belief, sexual identity, association, political leaning, or their past.I blamed myself; I thought I had done something to provoke it, so much so that I thought maybe I had agreed to the interaction somehow without actually saying so. For some reason, I haven’t shared this story with many people, I think because I was embarrassed because I felt so stupid for putting myself in the situation.
13, the featured image for the post, The 13th Step.
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My first decade in and out of AA I spent more time in the rooms looking for boyfriends than I did looking for recovery, and there was no shortage of equally damaged men looking to fill that role.
I had very little warning or intervention from other members so today I make it a point of openly discussing this issue with other women in the program.
It’s whispered about amongst members but it never seems to be addressed directly which could be attributed to the reliance on group conscience as a guiding hand, and if the issue isn’t discussed, it isn’t addressed.