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EMOTIONAL HEALTH: What is an Alcoholism Treatment Meeting?

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An Alcoholism Treatment Meeting Defines the Disease as Mental Illness

If you Google the word “alcoholism” the embedded definition on page one is:

noun: alcoholism
  1. an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. (emphasis added)
    “he had a long history of depression, drug abuse and alcoholism”


The purpose of this article is to emphasize the mental and emotional illness component of any working definition of the word alcoholism. When I finally understood my own addiction to alcohol as a form of emotional illness, I was able to begin real recovery.  The miracle of my recovery was in the divine order of having one year of physical sobriety when I found the Alcoholics Anonymous sub-cult of Primetime AA in the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles.

The alcoholic in her first year of recovery is appropriately focused on physical sobriety and not ready for deeper character building related to emotional sobriety. Bill Wilson, the founder of AA stressed that at six months of physical sobriety the recovering alcoholic is now totally free of his anesthesia and now the disease of alcoholism psychosis is ready to manifest in various neurotic forms including denial and rationalizing the need to take that next drink. What this means is that it is important to have approximately one or two years before the alcoholic mind is well enough, and thereby honest enough, to begin serious deeper treatment for emotional and mental disorders.  

The Alcoholism Treatment Meeting Where I Learned the Emotional Illness Definition:

Only with my one year of physical sobriety and six months of cold turkey withdrawal from psychotropics, was I able to begin serious spiritual application treatment and the real work of emotional sobriety.  By the Grace of God, Robbie B. picked me up at my secluded Villa Esperanza man-cave and drove me to my first Primetime AA meeting. When I walked into that funky little room in NoHo and heard K.C. describe the diseased thinking concept of alcoholism I had a white light spiritual experience. I knew that I would now be able to understand my alcoholism in a new way that would enable my successful spiritual treatment of my disease.

BEYOND PRIMETIME: Daily Reprieve is a Wednesday night alcoholism treatment meeting that does not require you to identify as an alcoholic and is not an AA meeting, this is an excellent 12 Step workshop:

The Daily Reprieve meeting moved around a few times and is now back on Wednesday Nights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Spirit of Studio 12, 6006 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.

K.C.’s guided meditation kills it for me and I no longer regularly attend this particular meeting. However this is still one of the few meetings where you will find real spiritual tools to apply in your daily spiritual life. I found quality recovery at this meeting and I love K.C.  I would like to see this meeting get huge again, however K.C. needs to turn it back into an AA meeting and not try to be all-things-to-all seekers of healing. I hereby demand my special status as an alcoholic.. 


By Dean McAdams

Born a poor peckerwood in a Tujunga holler, Dean overeducated himself beyond his social station to end up a retired paralegal in the coastal paradise of West L.A.