Today, I had about 30 seconds to check my blog, and I checked the site meter for some reason. I found that someone got to my blog in a strange manner, so I checked it out. It seems a website advertising treatment centers has posted my entire blog - not a link, my BLOG is there on their page! - under a page entitled "sober living." The main purpose of the page is to sell beds in facilities for people who are desperate to live sober and are willing to write a check in an effort to do so.
I got on the phone immediately to the number listed and talked to someone who referred me to someone else. I left a message for that someone else. I told him that he did not have my permission to use my blog and that I insist that he remove it immediately. It is not removed.
Why so upset? Because I think my blog being on that page suggests that I endorse whatever they are selling. I do not endorse anything anyone is selling. Not here on my blog.
Here on my blog, I am simply a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous talking about what that is like on a daily basis. Sharing what it looks like to stay sober, one day at a time, for two and a half decades. Sometimes it is pretty, sometimes it is not. All in all, it is pretty darn splendid.
The long form of the 10th tradition states: "No AA group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate AA, express any opinion on outside controversial issues - particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views whatever."
So I guess since I am here as a member of AA, I won't tell you just what I think of all these treatment centers and what they have done to AA. But I can tell you that I certainly do not endorse any of them. I never would.
If you are reading this on the website of an advertisement for treatment centers, please know that this has been taken without my permission.
And maybe you could just try an AA meeting, they really do work.
One of my greatest blessings was that I did not have insurance when I got sober. I got to sit and shake it out at home. I got to rely on the help of AA members. I got to learn how to ask for help from people who were not going to send me a bill at the end of the month... and that is very very wonderful, and very very humbling.
And 25 years later I am still sober, and have never had a drink since the day I first called AA for help.