My name is Charles Harvey, I am a retired Clinical Therapist, in Mental Heath/Substance Abuse and had a License for a Treatment Center.
I am a member of FaceBook, and while I was in FaceBook I notice a picture of Bill W (Wilson) on the side Bar saying "Click "like" if you if love Bill W. & Dr. Bob"
Both are Co-Founders of AA - Alcoholics Anonymous and contributors to the "12 Steps." So when I clicked I did not get AA approve material. Or anything about Bill W, and Dr. Bob.
Bill W. & Dr. Bob" Both Co-Founders of AA - Alcoholics Anonymous Programs. Also a Non-Profit organization, have what is called the "12 Steps" and 12 Traditions"
So in my Professional and personal opinion,
"RECOVERY NOW also know as RECOVERY NOW-TV, is Using the AA co-ounders for personal gain to promote their organization. The 12 Step program was stated and used to help people recovering from their additions, Most teaches addicted people to change their personalities, morals, values and ethics. Please ask them to remove the pictures of Bill W. & Dr. Bob" Both Co-Founders of AA - Alcoholics Anonymous from any public display and any picture of any AA Members according to AA. Traditions 6 anfd 11.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films
Estimates of A.A. Groups and Members
Because A.A. has never attempted to keep formal membership lists, it is extremely difficult to obtain completely accurate figures on total membership at any given time. Some local groups are not listed with the U.S./Canada General Service Office. Others do not provide membership data, thus are not recorded on the G.S.O. computer records. The membership figures listed below are based on reports to the General Service Office as of January 1, 2011, plus an average allowance for groups that have not reported their membership.There is no practical way of counting members who are not affiliated with a local group.
|Groups in U.S.||57,905|
|Members in U.S||1,279,644|
|Groups in Canada||4,968|
|Members in Canada||94,017|
|Groups in Correctional Facilities|
|Members in Correctional Facilities||38,938|
The Twelve Steps
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
admitting that one cannot control, one's addiction or compulsion;
recognizing a higher power that can give strength;
examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (experienced member);
making amends for these errors;
learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior;
helping others who suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.
12 Steps Groups
ACA - Adult Children of Alcoholics (also abbreviated as ACOA)
Al-Anon/Alateen, for friends and family members of alcoholics
AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
CA - Cocaine Anonymous
CLA - Clutterers Anonymous
CMA - Crystal Meth Anonymous
CoDA - Co-Dependents Anonymous
Co-Anon, for friends and family of addicts
COSA - Codependents of Sex Addicts
COSLAA - CoSex and Love Addicts Anonymous
DA - Debtors Anonymous
EA - Emotions Anonymous
EHA - Emotional Health Anonymous
GA - Gamblers Anonymous
Gam-Anon/Gam-A-Teen, for friends and family members of problem gamblers
MA - Marijuana Anonymous
NA - Narcotics Anonymous
NAIL - Neurotics Anonymous
Nar-Anon, for friends and family members of addicts
NicA - Nicotine Anonymous
OA - Overeaters Anonymous
OLGA - Online Gamers Anonymous
SA - Sexaholics Anonymous
SAA - Sex Addicts Anonymous
SCA - Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
SA - Smokers Anonymous
SLAA - Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
WA - Workaholics Anonymous
Twelve-step addiction recovery groups
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)