I have recently corresponded with TWO Russian Orthodox who has not, thanks to thw power of God and parayer had not drnk for over 12 and 15 yearrs respectively. Both testified that tjat the reinrtorduction to them of the concept of thye saving ower of God had akkowed them as they progressed in their sobriety to return to God and had been re-chrismated and were now in full communion once agin with the Orthodox xhurxh. Yet on some orthodox forums, mainly it must be said in the USA, AA has been seeen as some kind of deviation from the true faith. AA as far as I know does not set out to be a religious movement but it does insist that it is God alone that can free the alcoholic addict ultimately from their addiction. I was recommended this book by some one about some of the amazing work that the Orthodox Christians are doing in Russia around the issue of alcoholism... the link is herehttp://www.amazon.com/Steps-Transformation-Orthodox-Priest-Explores/dp/1888212632%3FSubscriptionId%3D1VXG3CY1RZAZ2Z4MKS02%26tag%3Dunfitblog-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D1888212632
I dont know what others think, but this mist surely be one of the most exciting examples of Christianity in action today...but I would be interested in other views. also... Wither way the book looks very interesting to me...
The program of Alcoholics Anonymous is what led me to the Orthodox Church.
I am a recovered alcoholic who got sober in the fellowship of AA over four years ago by working the Twelve Steps. I worked them under the guidance of a sponsor and in the faith that my Higher Power – Whom I am now discovering to be the All-Holy Trinity – would induce a psychic change and a spiritual awakening as the supernatural result of working that process honestly and thoroughly.
Previously, I had twelve years of sobriety that I lost because I failed to enlarge my spiritual life. I became a hardcore Protestant church member, but I failed to enlarge my spiritual life. It was never real to me; it lacked the fourth-dimension that only a real spiritual awakening that happens after an authentic spiritual death can provide. I survived that death, was pushed into AA where I found sobriety and in turn found God because it had become a life-or-death situation.
Please do not let anyone tell you that Alcoholics Anonymous is a cult, or even a religious program. It is neither. AA gave me a means to connect to God, which resulted in my recovering from a hopeless state of mind in which I drank rotgut whiskey to oblivion every single day even though I desperately did not want to do that. Today I can not only go an entire day without drinking (or taking any mind-altering substances whatsoever, including cigarettes and caffeine), but I DON’T WANT TO! That is huge, that is a real miracle that I experienced and didn’t just read about and con myself into believing, and it happened entirely through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit working through people in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.