Monthly Archives: June 2014

Responses to Trauma, an essay by Charlotte Kasl

RESPONSES TO TRAUMA ©Charlotte Sophia Kasl Ph.D. Oct 2002, revised 2004 Note: There are many individual differences in response to trauma based on temperament, genetics, life situation, opportunities available, and childhood environment. It is crucial to relate to the humanity … Continue reading

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16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment, Charlotte Kasl

Charlotte Kasl, author of Many Roads, One Jouney, a critique of the limitations of the 12 steps, came up with a sixteen step process for discovery and empowerment (listed below).  You can check out her website for more information here: … Continue reading

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Deprogramming

Like I have said elsewhere on this blog, some people do less time for murder than I was in AA.  Some people serve less time in the military than I was in AA.  Some people are married less time than … Continue reading

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The 13th Step – a new film by Monica Richardson

Activist, blogger and film maker Monica Richardson is just completing her important film, the 13th Step, to be released later this year.  You can watch a 14 min trailer below. This project deserves our support because finally someone has had … Continue reading

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The Everyday Sexism Project

Women leaving AA often need to reconnect with what constitutes sexism.  It is so prevalent in AA and it is so dressed up in the ‘offender’, apologist, patriarchal language of AA that sometimes its helpful to connect with women who … Continue reading

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13th Stepping – or get her on her back before she gets on her feet

When I was new in AA, a woman got hold of me before the vultures did and tucked me under her wing.  She offered to be my sponsor.  I was very lucky (in more ways than one, because she could … Continue reading

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www.leavingaa.com

A great site for those leaving AA is the excellent website by writer, film maker and activist ‘Massive’ called http://www.leavingaa.com With excellent short essays, and a very active forum, it’s a great place to get your head straight and to … Continue reading

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Charlotte Kasl

If you are in AA and you are not sure, or you think you belong there but you have some questions, then I’d really recommend you look into the writings of Charlotte Kasl.  Her book, Many Roads One Journey (which … Continue reading

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Fellowship or false intimacy?

Today, I feel sad.  I can’t really pinpoint why.  It has been an ordinary day.  I took care of my horse.  Went to see my chiropractor for an adjustment and a massage.  I came home, had some lunch, read my … Continue reading

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Submit an essay or story

If you are also leaving AA (or any other 12 step group) and you would like to submit an essay to the blog then please write to whyileftaa @ yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk (-hopefully you can follow that and the … Continue reading

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