Celebrating AA?

Thank god, not another story about Lindsey Lohan! Reading the pieces on Alcoholic Anonymous in The New York Times and Wired last week, published in Homage to AA’s 75th birthday, I was grateful I didn’t have to endure another grueling celebrity pummeling.  It was a celebration so the media felt compelled to do their versions of smart and comprehensive pieces in showcasing the world’s best answer for long-term recovery from alcoholism. The articles were quick to point out that AA only works for a small percentage of the population and science can’t seem to figure out what makes it work. Studies aren’t conclusive but indicate that the fellowship and mentoring/sponsorship components of the AA program as the most likely culprits for transforming the hopeless into the saved. It’s the connection stupid. Well of course it is. Anybody who has suffered in isolation – ostracized and stigmatized by their fellows understands the therapeutic benefits of empathy and belonging once again. It’s nice to feel the safety of another, someone who knows your pain first hand, watching your back. You go from the world of written off and lose my number to a world where people will crawl from Boston to NYC on their bellies over broken glass to help you. Tell me that wouldn’t get you better. Of course you would! So why can’t we convince the rest of society to look at those afflicted with this terrible brain disease with at least a small amount of the same compassion. Me, I’m done asking nicely or apologizing in the hope that attitudes might change or stigma may diminish. It’s time to organize, find a public voice and DEMAND things change.

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~ by Christopher Kennedy Lawford on July 14, 2010.

3 Responses to “Celebrating AA?”

  1. Wow. My thoughts exactly. Outstanding, Mr. Lawford.

  2. Hi Christopher, I am so sick of these people “not getting us”. I am including my very own sister when she wanted to bring not one but two bottles of champagne to “celebrate” my mom’s 79th bday and suffering from Alzheimer’s. When I asked her not to bring alchohol her response was: “oh, I thought you were over it”. My decision was to again, separate myself from “them”. I am to the point of getting very angry and nasty towards people that don’t get us. I am working very hard to change my reaction because that is the only thing I have control of.

  3. she needs a year in rehab and the rest of her life away from her crazy family.

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