Adam Sledd

Category: The First Three Years

These posts reflect the evolution in my thinking about recovery up to an arbitrary point whose hallmark was my elopement from the 12-step fellowship and the beginning of my self-directed recovery.

The Luxury of Mediocrity

Probably the most intimidating thing about recovery is its reputation as a seemingly monumental task. Since the early part of the 20th century, when a fledgling program for alcoholics declared the ultimate goal of recovery to be a spiritual awakening gained by living according to a rigorous program, overcoming addiction has come to be synonymous with total life transformation. I was told,

Meeting Makers Make Meetings

In 2012, William White interviewed William Miller of Motivational Interviewing fame, and published most of the conversation in an abridged Q & A format. Miller expounds on a number of topics, one of which examines the influence of AA on recovery outcomes. Miller says in part: There is a common belief that people who discontinue attending AA are

Attainable Recovery

Are you in recovery? Recovering? Or are you recovered? What is the difference? According to, a concordance of the Big Book of Alcholics Anonymous, the word “recovered” appears twenty times in the first 164 pages, the heart of the book that remains unchanged since 1935 and the section that is treated by adherents as