I rejected any association with Alcoholics Anonymous last May after a culmination of events. I was first exposed to 12-step recovery groups in 1989, when my mother "suggested" I attend Alateen meetings because both of my parents were drunks. I didn't. Being stressed out from working too much, going to school, and being 21, I got a DWI. Looking back, the big lesson learned was not to drink and drive.
Anyway, I got ordered to go to meetings, and I was sporadically involved. When I moved to Minnesota in 2002, I became more active to try and get control over my life. What a mistake. The person that was my sponsor kept telling me how I shouldn't be angry at people, places, or things. He also told me that Jesus Christ is the same as Allah is the same as a doorknob is the same as The Great Spirit. That didn't sit well with me.
I went to a conference in Grand Rapids, Minnesota (Iron Range Get Together, happens every year in the first weekend of May). At dinner, I heard my sponsor and some Al-Anon chick discuss how great it would be to have a place where AA, Al-Anon, and Alateen were meeting at the same time so families could join in together. I objected to it because my fiance at the time (now my wife) has never needed Al-Anon and does not need that crap. I was told that she didn't get it. That sealed the deal for me. I heard a famous speaker say that there the only thing we need to run is Idolatry (worshiping anything before God), because they attack like wolves in sheeps clothing. When I left, I left a detailed note explaining my decision for others to read, which was ultimately censored by my ex-sponsor's wife.
I have made it my mission to serve as a voice against the establishment of 12-step groups. They do nothing more than to corrupt the very fabric of human beings by removing any accountability and responsibility for one's actions.