Alcoholics Anonymous ‘undrunk’ lifestyle

In this unprecedented book, A.J. Adams uses self-deprecating humor, entertaining anecdotes, and frank descriptions to introduce readers to the complete Alcoholics Anonymous ‘undrunk’ lifestyle.

Beginning with the story of his first AA meeting, he takes the mystery out what goes on behind closed doors, in order to encourage addicts who are reluctant to get help walk through them. “My eyes wandered around the room, taking in the strange collection of humanity seeking to claim me as a fellow sufferer. If variety is the spice of life, this crowd was the jambalaya of affliction.”

Adams addresses the journey through detox and treatment, offering his own struggle of coming to terms with his alcoholism. He then presents a user-friendly history and introduction to AA, the Steps and Traditions, all punctuated by honest descriptions of his own transformation to “getting” the program. Included are translations of AA lingo designed to put newcomers at ease.

Undrunk was written for reluctant newcomers and those who think they might have a problem, dispelling misconceptions that AA is cult-like, secretive, campy, earnest, religious, or lowbrow. It offers family members of alcoholics an accessible tool to encourage their loved ones to get help, and it gives AA members a handy means to encourage newcomers to come back.

Review; His book touched me because of its honesty and humor. I’ve been an Al-anon member for many years. I come from an alcoholic family and as they say in Alanon if you go to a party and there are only two alcoholics or co-dependents in the group the two just naturally are drawn to each other so I also have many alcoholic and co-dependent friends — some recovering and some active.

What I have always enjoyed about my AA friends and family is their great sense of humor about their disease and recovery. That is precisely what I loved about this book. Adams not only gives us a sober look into the mind of a practicing alcoholic, the detox process, and recovery through AA but he does it with a great sense of humor.

I’ve found many recovery books to be a little heavy and intimidating. Undrunk is not. Most people have absolutely no idea what to expect when they attend their first meeting. I think Adams’ book gives the reader a good feel as to what to expect from AA. Speaking from personal experience in attending open AA meetings, I have always found the unexpected — camaraderie, intelligence, humor and great fun. Adams shows us that.

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