repost: 12 steps in the 21st century

Here’s a quick and instantly digestible read from Mike at dharmaholic that says precisely what I’ve had stirring on a back burner since I stepped through the doors of Club East on March 28, 2010:

It is as comprehensive a course that you could find in 164 pages, providing you don’t want specifics about the disease model, the nutritional needs of an alcoholic, or the medical breakthroughs of the 20th Century.

This very basic reality is a continuing source of — to put it politely — “discussion” in A.A. today. While I could easily tangent over to the tension between hardcore longtimers and those who are a touch more Liberal (capital L intentional) in the approach to recovery, I yield to Mike’s observation that while “…it takes a village to raise a child. A drunken alcoholic is very much like a child that needs the love and care of a village. She is immature in a lot of ways, precocious and hurt in some ways, and defiant like a child can be. Mostly, we are hurt and need care.”

Even better, he refers to “…a new dimension of the fellowship in recovery, that wasn’t conceived of by the founding fathers.” Indeed. Let’s put the struggler first instead of what we simply think is best for them because it worked for some of us. Times change. We change too.

But please don’t take my word for it. I just repost this stuff and encourage you to read it for yourself. Like an adult would.