However, I can understand the single-mindedness of AA concerning alcohol. Along with nicotine, it is the biggest addictive drug on the market, and there needs to be a direct (even if narrow-minded) approach to dealing with the pitiful, incomprehensible demoralization associated with alcoholism.

NA is too young, too individualistic, and too egotistical to rise to power. And there is an ethnicity factor in NA. Somehow, NA accommodates itself to white people, but not to blacks in general. I find this perplexing and frustrating.

I also have to wonder if the race to oblivion of the '60s and '70s from the politics of the day and the flight to personal salvation and lifelong "nonpolitical" recovery of the '80s, '90s, and '00s is no gat-damn accident: We's been bamboozled.

Grateful addict in recovery,

Monterey, California


Here in south Florida the sheer number of cross-addicted members of AA has overwhelmed the old hard core. One old-timer admitted that his real problem was fear and ignorance, and he now supports open discussion.

A dear friend of mine was told 50 years ago when he came to AA that AA would probably last only a few more years.

As a speaker from California said, "Don't worry—in 20 years there will not be anyone in AA who is not cross-addicted."

The future is bright for recovery, all recovery.

David McB.
Hollywood, Florida

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