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Battling Addiction And Ornery Old Timers: The Journey to Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous

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Alcoholism is a formidable battle that millions of individuals face around the world. This chronic disease affects not only the person struggling with addiction but also their loved ones. In order to combat this growing problem, support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have emerged as a source of hope, guidance, and camaraderie for those seeking a path to sobriety.

AA is a global fellowship aimed at helping individuals recover from alcoholism. In these groups, attendees find solace in sharing their experiences and challenges with others who have walked a similar path. However, the journey to recovery can be arduous, and sometimes the ornery old timers in AA can be a source of frustration.

The Power of Community in Battling Addiction

One of the main benefits of joining Alcoholics Anonymous is the sense of community it provides. The camaraderie and support of fellow members can be a lifeline for those struggling with addiction. At AA meetings, individuals find a safe space where they can openly discuss their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment or isolation.

12-Step Survival Guide: Battling Addiction and Ornery Old-timers in Alcoholics Anonymous
by Jacob Sullum (Kindle Edition)

4.3 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 418 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 239 pages
Lending : Enabled

Alcoholism is a disease that affects people from all walks of life, regardless of wealth, social status, or age. Through open and honest communication, members of AA develop a deep sense of understanding and empathy, creating a sense of belonging that helps them combat addiction.

However, not all members embrace newcomers with open arms. Some old timers in AA can exhibit ornery behavior, often displaying a lack of patience or understanding towards those who are new to the program. This phenomenon can sometimes discourage individuals from seeking help or continuing their journey of recovery.

Understanding the Role of Ornery Old Timers

To fully understand why ornery old timers exist within AA, it's crucial to recognize the personal struggles each member faces. Many old timers have battled addiction for years, and their experiences have shaped their behavior. They may feel overwhelmed by the influx of newcomers or skeptical about the commitment of those seeking help.

Furthermore, the principles of AA encourage personal accountability and abstinence. Old timers may fear that newcomers might not fully commit to recovery, potentially jeopardizing the atmosphere of sobriety they have fought hard to establish. Their ornery demeanor may stem from a desire to protect the integrity of the group and avoid triggers that could lead to relapse.

Although the behavior of ornery old timers may be difficult to navigate, it is crucial to remember that they are ultimately driven by a genuine concern for the welfare of each member. They have witnessed the devastating consequences of relapse and may adopt a tough love approach to ensure individuals take their recovery seriously.

Overcoming Challenges and Building Bridges

While encountering ornery old timers can feel discouraging, it is essential to remember that AA is a diverse fellowship with individuals expressing various personalities and perspectives. The road to recovery is unique for each person, and obstacles like ornery old timers should be seen as an opportunity for growth rather than a reason to give up.

Here are a few strategies to navigate interactions with ornery old timers:

  1. Show empathy: Recognize that ornery old timers may be struggling with their own demons. Offering empathy and a willingness to understand their perspective can help build a bridge between different generations of AA members.
  2. Seek guidance: Talk to other members who have managed to establish a healthy rapport with ornery old timers. They may provide valuable insights on how to approach and connect with them.
  3. Focus on personal recovery: Instead of being discouraged by their behavior, channel your energy into your own journey of recovery. By focusing on self-improvement, you can transform potential setbacks into motivation to strive for a better future.
  4. Communicate openly: If you feel comfortable, address your concerns with the group as a whole. Organize discussions or meetings to promote understanding and encourage older members to share their wisdom and experiences.

Remember, AA is built on the foundations of support and shared experiences. The challenges posed by ornery old timers are merely a small part of the overall transformative process that AA offers.

Battling addiction is a demanding journey, but with the support of Alcoholics Anonymous, individuals can find the strength to overcome their struggles. Although ornery old timers may pose challenges along the way, it's important to view them with empathy and patience, understanding that their behavior stems from a place of concern.

Recovery is a personal and ongoing process, and by embracing the power of community, individuals can navigate the hurdles posed by ornery old timers and move forward on their journey to sobriety.

12-Step Survival Guide: Battling Addiction and Ornery Old-timers in Alcoholics Anonymous
by Jacob Sullum (Kindle Edition)

4.3 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 418 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 239 pages
Lending : Enabled

Addiction is the enemy.
Addiction is an opponent, a powerful one, but one that can readily be defeated. For almost 85 years, all over the world, people have been smashing and crushing their addictions through power obtained in a 12-Step program. Family members will learn about addiction and what it takes to defeat it.

The rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous can be confusing.
See how a new member navigates meetings, finds a sponsor, and faces down grumpy old-timers and AA Nazis. It is not always easy to stand steadfast and find your way.
A little knowledge can make a huge difference. Read this guide today to learn:

•How to get started. Conquering fear.
•Attending meetings and how to “share.” Things to avoid saying.
•Joining a group and how to get active and situated.
•What to look for in a sponsor, and simple clever techniques for asking.
•Clarification of the 12 – Steps, and rationale behind the 12- Step model.
•Standing steadfast among difficult AA personalities.
•How your own thoughts can defeat you, and why comfort is your enemy.
•Unearthing a Power that will crush your addiction.


Don't allow anyone to “run you off.” Learn how to toughen up and endure the discomfort needed to be successful. After all, anything worthwhile requires hard work. "Comfort is an illusion."

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