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  1. #1 by Trish on February 18, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Your full of shit entry cracked me up! Hilarious!!!!

    • #2 by theapprovalholic on November 26, 2015 - 2:35 pm

      I feel blessed I was able to bring humor and laughter into your life. What did you think were the funniest parts? I mean the real knee-slappers…. which parts just had you rolling? Tell me…tell me.

  2. #3 by Shannon on December 27, 2014 - 6:05 am

    I am so happy to have found your site. Either we are both insane or it is true that the program has changed. I have 2 years. I have worked the steps. Been around the program a long time, worked the steps, went back out. I live in a rural community. There is so much control and ego from the male old timers. When I first came back in I really thought that they would feel more comfortable if I just went back out and drank and died. I have been yelled at in meetings. Have had 9 men cross talk me and tell me that I was wrong when talking about traditions. My counselor, who himself has 25 years, made me commit for 3 weeks not to go to any local meetings for a time in my first 6 months, because they weren’t safe. I am still sober. I will strive to give to the newcomer what I would have liked to received. Hand out, walk them through the steps, patience and tolerance, if I cannot control and manage my life then I certainly do not know what is right for the newcomers. I do not want the responsibility of playing their god. Having a hard time getting the men to back off my program, not 13th step, just in my face about who I am. Not a good girl, I guess.

  3. #4 by renegaderecovery on November 18, 2015 - 5:42 pm

    I haven’t read the entire entry, but I’m planning on it, I think the first reply above is awful and I think you are more right than not for sure. I’m a currently training to be a life-coach specializing in addiction recovery. I have 6yrs and I think “the program” is pretty inspired…I think “the fellowship” in many ways is a complete disaster!

    I’d love to connect with you somehow, but can’t find any information on you…

  4. #6 by renegaderecovery on November 25, 2015 - 8:28 pm

    Awesome! Thanks Michael, I’m Jason, nice to meet you: renegaderecoverynow@gmail.com

  5. #7 by Karen Kaney Snyder on July 5, 2016 - 2:23 am

    Mr. Mark I have had the privilege of watching your tapes posted on Youtube. You, my Sir, are truly a gift to many in need. I am forever grateful for your willingness to share your gift with the world. Please know you are greatly appreciated.

  6. #8 by Katie K. on September 1, 2016 - 5:49 am

    Hi, I have started to read your critique of A.A. and before I go any further (I’ve read up to can AA save AA) I’d like to know what is the purpose of your critique? Some background about you as well, might help me to have a better understanding of your so far interesting critique. You may mention it further in your writing but knowing up front what your relationship with AA is, might help me in understanding your goal with this. For transparency purposes I first walked into the doors of AA in 1974 and have been sober for 29 year’s, prior to that I had 9 year’s plus. Again, just a little background for these purposes.

    Thank you in advance for getting back to me.

    Katie K.

    • #9 by theapprovalholic on September 1, 2016 - 1:00 pm

      Hello Katie K.
      Thank you for taking an interest. I’m grateful that you are reading the post and I pray it serves you positively in some way. If it helps, I am a recovered alcoholic and drug addict who will be sober 19 years this month. I have been a consistent member and leader in the fellowship the entire time. I love A.A. It surely saved my life. With that said, I believe we have strayed far far away from the original design resulting in quite pitiful recovery rates throughout the nation. This post was simply my attempt to examine the potential problems and pitfalls while offering up some possible solutions. Certainly take what you want and leave the rest. If you have further questions or comments, please feel free to send them along. My email is MichaelJMark@att.net.

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