I have to give a little talk to a group of people who know nothing about AA except what the general public tend to believe. These people all work in the area of social housing from various organisations over 3 counties. They all have long term experience of substance abuse as it is probably one of the major causes of homelessness.
A 20 minute talk is limited in how much you can get over and how much people really take in, so I thought I'd devise a quiz for them to take away and complete at their leisure. If you find something out yourself it is many more time liable to stick in your mind than if someone tells you something.
I've done this little quiz as 12 question (I wonder why...lol), each one having a link to a part of the Orange Papers where the answer can be found. On it's own the Orange Papers are a bit daunting, but if you are directed to the right area to answer a specific question, it might make people read them more. I've done 7 questions, but would be interested if anyone else had any input. This will be given to people on a CD that I'm preparing (Along with the Penn & Teller 12 step show and the South Park Bloody Mary episode). Laughter is always a good way to get a point across. Please remember, these questions are aimed at outsiders to AA with the aim of getting the truth out there.
The questions so far :-
!. What was the name of the Fundamental Christian group that was the precursor of AA? Also, what was the name of its Nazi sympathising leader and what did the group change its name to in 1940?
2. Everyone’s heard of “The 12 Steps”, many may have seen them written out, but what are they really?
3. Does AA have any secrets that they don’t like getting out?
4. Does membership of 12 step programs affect the suicide rate of substance abusers?
5. Does AA always tell the truth about itself?
6. How does someone like Bill Wilson (AA co-founder), who never worked for more than a few months in his whole life, leave an estate worth millions of dollars?
7. The AA steps rely on members having a relationship with a "Higher Power", which they call God in their steps. However, AA say your Higher Power can be anything (a bedpan, a teacup, a doorknob, a stone, a teddy bear, a mountain, a motorcycle). How does this sit with standard religious teaching?
8. Can you spot a Cult? Try this test - one of the most comprehensive available. Try it with the cult of your choice and see how AA fares in comparison.
12. What alternative methods of support in recovery do you know about?
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