I've gotten a lot of flak and emails lately about my profile remark about AA being a cult. If you look up the standard definition of cult then AA fits the bill nicely and almost to a T. So does Christianity and Catholicism. But I would be breaking one of my cardinal rules of blogging discussing religion.
I guess cults got a bad rap during the devil worshiping scares of the late seventies and the Jim Jones debacle in the sixties. Scientology doesn't help matters as well. I didn't mean any harm, but several people went so far as to try and change my opinion for me. I was even accused of being a "bitter dry drunk."
A common mantra in AA is that you are powerless over alcohol and must turn to a higher power for help in breaking the addiction. I don't believe this, nor do I subscribe to it. I make a conscious choice every day not to drink. When George leaves alcohol at my house, I pour it out. If I wanted to, I could ride around with George all the morning, visit the "shot" house, and put myself into the maelstrom so to speak. I make a conscious choice not to tempt myself or fate. This is why AA just doesn't fit for me. I meant no harm. Please let people have differing opinions without being derided or heckled.