AA Tag

From the moment I started my journey in recovery, the term “fellowship” was thrown around a lot-not just in meetings, but within my own sober living community as well. I was new and didn’t have a full understanding of not only what it meant, but also why it was so important to my newfound lifestyle.

Moderation Management has been around for almost 20 years yet few have heard of it, as it is more or less shrouded in mystery. But lately the program has picked up traction again after a shaky and tumultuous past. What is moderation management and how does it differ from similar recovery programs?

“My name is Derek, and I am an alcoholic.” There has rarely been a day that has gone by since November 17, 2012 where I haven’t repeated that, either to myself or in a meeting. But I didn’t always believe it when I said it, especially at first. Relating to other alcoholics and working steps, in addition to regularly attending a lot of meetings helped me come to terms with that truth. And coming back has helped me in more ways than I even know.

Few things generate more controversy than the topic of 12-step programs and whether they effectively help people who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol quit their dependence on these substances. People love to hate on Alcoholics Anonymous, the oldest 12-step program and to date the most effective solution to recovery. 12-step programs are under-researched and widely misunderstood, by the public, by haters who have tried it with little or no results and even by it’s own members.

AA Rule 62 – “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” Seriously. The realization that we can have fun in sobriety doesn’t always dawn on us when we first get clean. Coming into recovery, I had the mistaken idea that I was signing off on a life sentence dooming me to a future of musty wooden cellars filled with cigarette smoke, coffee stains, and grumpy old men.

Robert Holbrook Smith otherwise known as Dr. Bob was one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous reveres him as one of the greatest friends that our fellowship will ever know. He got sober in June 10th, 1935 and stayed sober till the year of his death in 1950.
I am ashamed to admit that I knew Shane* was using drugs (he rarely drank) for years before I ever took any action or got honest with myself about his addiction to drugs.  I recall Shane smoking pot around 13 years old and I specifically remember telling myself that at least he is only smoking pot, which I convinced myself at the time was the LESSER OF THE EVILS.  It seemed to me that all young people were smoking pot, therefore I justified it in my mind that there was no harm in it, as long as it was pot and nothing else.