Thanks for the heads-up from Ed W., founder of several NYC meetings including This Ungodly Hour among others. Ed tells us:
New York Inter-Group has improved it website meeting directory for the NYC Metro Area A.A. meetings:
This is now easier to use on a mobile device, and provides a map option on the desktop version.
This should make it easier to find NYC meetings.
Just passing along… Enjoy!
This screen capture shows how easy it is to find NYC meetings near your current or planned location using the map feature.
I am constantly frustrated by the compulsion on the part of AA members and groups to apply one single truth to all situations. The current calcification of AA culture into one of narrow Christian recovery dogma alienates and hurts many of exactly those for whom the program is intended. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with “Atlantic” type and “step-nazi” groups, except when they foster a culture that alienates and turns away those who need help. I wish the traditions included a declaration of gentle welcome for all new members and guests, as well as for members seeking help for similar and/or related addictions. I have often seen people make comments out of turn in meetings to clarify to a newcomer that the meeting is for alcoholics only, as described in the following article. It really puzzles me, particularly as the face of addiction has changed so much in the past twenty years. My meeting has a few atheists, a few addicts and even a person who comes each week in support of their partner. We are a strong, supportive group. We let people voice their opinions without responding or cross-talking. There are no prayers .The only requirement for membership is a desire to quit drinking. It works.
Nice article from the Washington Post by Chelsea Carmona: How AA fails to support young addicts
Google can even keep you sober!
Google alerts can give you a little extra help staying sober. Setting up a daily alert for “alcohol” will put an email in your inbox every day providing you with hundreds of news articles articles from around the world describing drunk driving accidents and deaths, health-related effects of alcohol and alcoholism, etc. – basically a daily rundown of the mayhem that alcohol brings to the world. Be sure and check “news” for “type.”
Setting up an alert takes five seconds. You can do it here.
I also have one set up for “alcoholism.” Other suggestions?
Quotidian Buzz welcomes the first member!
You might have heard this before:
- Don’t drink.
- Go to meetings.
- Help another alcoholic.
It really is that simple.
What do you think?