Get attention for a motion to change AA literature.

Get attention for a motion to change AA literature.

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Brian Scher started this petition to Alcoholics Anonymous members

September 13, 2018

Dear SENY members,

My name is Kaleigh and I am speaking on behalf of the Bedford Village, It's Guaranteed group in Westchester County, District 843. I am a ‘young person in AA,’ having recently celebrated 4 years of sobriety at the age of 21. As a young woman whose sobriety is my primary purpose, I have surrounded myself with others who are deeply committed to passing on the message of recovery as it is laid out in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. As you can imagine, many of the folks I’m close with are also fortunate to have begun their path to sobriety as younger members. We attend many different meetings throughout Westchester, and have discussed the idea I am presenting in this proposal. Webelieve this suggestion could be useful for more potential members than we can imagine.

It is our understanding that any suggestions members have can be brought to the 69th General Service Conference. As it stands, the stories in the back of the Big Book are divided into the sections Pioneers of AA, They Stopped in Time, They Lost Nearly All. We believe it would be beneficial to have a new edition of the Big Book in which there is an additional section among the stories comprised of individuals who got sober as young people- maybe called ‘Young People in AA.’ Having stories of young people more visibly accessible in the book could in fact help offset the fact that many meetings do not have a strong representation of young people in the room.

As of right now, there are a few such stories, but it is not simple to find them.  I, myself did not realize there were multiple stories of alcoholics who got sober young until I was sober for a few years, and I had read the Big Book quitefrequently. We believe that if there were a more concentrated section that could accurately depict the stories of the present day young alcoholic (not just those who “drank too much at college” or wanted to get help before things got too bad, but young people who can identify with the threefold disease, and the realization that no human power could relieve their alcoholism.) Our hope is to help more young people identify that it is possible to be young and alcoholic and most of all, to realize it is possible to live a wonderful, sober life with more and more young people in AA.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

Kaleigh R.

Kr01681n@pace.edu

 

Member of Bedford Village, It's Guaranteed

Westchester County

 

Jessica F.

jfausty@yahoo.com

GSR of Bedford Village, It’s Guaranteed

Westchester County

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