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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  12 reviews

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

ebook, 120 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
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Summary: An overview of AA and the 12 steps from an insider.

Why I Read This: I've been fascinated by AA for a while. It's the most successful support group in the world and seems to have real effects. I wanted to learn more about it without reading the "Big Book"

Review: It was good, actually. I think that if I were actually interested in going to AA, it would be comforting to read before I went. You get an overview of the steps, going to your first meeting, the lingo, etc... But, because I don't
Susan Baranoff
Curious about the discussion of the phrase "higher power" and friend to people who have refused AA because they don't believe in God, I enjoyed reading this skeptic's view. The take-away message: "Higher Power" means "Higher Power" - it does not mean God, Yahweh, Buddha, The Green Man, Zeus, or L. Ron Hubbard! This "Higher Power" might even be what some would call our own "better angels" and actually come from within. My realization: If you deny the possibility that AA might work for you because ...more
Not sure how to rate this. I think it's good at what it does which is give a basic overview of AA. But I kept coming back to the fact that it was written by a guy who only had one year sobriety. I feel like writing your insights & particularly your opinions on a program you've only been in a year is a little premature.
Abbi Dion
If you are a looking for a searing look inside the heart and mind of an addict, this may not be the best choice. However, if you're looking for a glimpse into the practices of AA, and if you like your author's tone light and straight, this book may be just the thing.
Very insightful for someone who is dealing with an alcoholic in their life. This book is geared toward those that are skeptic of AA and it's steps and traditions. Within these pages I learned in simple terms what it means to have this disease.
Wendy Davis
very insiteful look at an alcoholics viewpoint in their first year. enjoyed this book very much and as a recovering alcoholic myself appreciated the chance to look back at that first year and smile.
Interesting read that takes the mystery out of what AA is, how it started and why it works for so many people. I actually found reading it quite humbling. Oh, and it's FUNNY.
This was a funny, refreshing, sarcastic, and informative book for anyone who wants to be undrunk and has to use AA to get there.
A must-read for anyone who is an alcoholic/knows an alcoholic/or is curious about alcoholism and AA.
Jason Cecil
Good general overview of AA with a few irreverent moments.
A good book that offers a glimpse into A.A.
Funny as hell!
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A.J. Adams is a professional writer with a little over one year in AA.

I was always a lucky guy, at least I thought so: private school, name university, married the dream girl, had the perfect kids, big job, big house, big paycheck -- and big problem. I was an alcoholic and I was losing control of everything at once. My book "Undrunk: A Skeptic's Guide to AA" (Hazelden 2009)is the story of how a li
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